Off-the-Grid Australian Retreat—and Cyclone Shelter—Offers Open-Air Living Where the Rainforest Meets the Great Barrier Reef – Mansion Global

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A cyclone-proof residence comprised of six cantilevered wings built over a lake in Cape Tribulation, in Australia’s Queensland, has hit the market with a guide price between A$8 million to A$10 million (US$5.1 million and US$6.4 million). 
Known as Alkira—an Aboriginal word that translates to “bright and sunny”—the home was designed by Melbourne-based architect Charles Wright, who built it for his own use in 2013. Using prefabricated concrete, steel and glass, the home’s wings seem to float atop the water, but, in reality, rest on deep underground foundations, according to Lynn Malone and Barbara Wolveridge of Queensland Sotheby’s International, who listed the property earlier this month. At the heart of the home is a custom swimming pool connecting the six wings. 
“Alkira is as much a piece of art as it is an exquisite private residence,” Malone said in an email.  “For those seeking a secluded and bespoke designed eco-retreat, Alkira represents a dimension of luxury not found in a metropolitan city.”
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Sitting on close to 75 acres of land in one in the Daintree Rainforest, the property has nearly 200 feet of water frontage along the Great Barrier Reef and serves as a model for off-grid luxury and carbon-neutral, sustainable living, the listing said. This area, where the reef and the forest meet, is part of the Wet Tropics of Queensland Unesco World Heritage Site.
“Access is an easy, scenic drive from an international airport, taking you along the coast of the Great Barrier Reef into the heart of the Daintree Rainforest,” Wolveridge said in an email. “Alternatively, it is a 30-minute helicopter flight to your private helipad.”
Not only was the 11,398-square-foot residence created as a green retreat—complete with solar power, a sophisticated system to catch rainwater and green cooling strategies that incorporate natural breezes and ventilation—it’s also “designed to reduce the impact of the vibrant tropical weather,” according to the property’s website. “Alkira is Category 5 cyclone-proof and therefore classes as a cyclone shelter.”
Inside, the fully furnished home has polished concrete floors throughout, as well as a landscaped courtyard and waterfalls, the listing said. There’s also a commercial-grade kitchen, four reception rooms and two dining areas—all of which feature partial glass walls and are open to the outside. 
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There are also six bedroom suites—one at the end of each of the cantilevered wings. They feature wood-clad walls, covered balconies overlooking the lake, marble bathrooms and custom closets.  
Other amenities include an office, a 2,400-bottle temperature-controlled wine cellar, a gym and a boardwalk to the private beach. There’s also a three-bedroom, two-bathroom manager’s residence, dubbed Mango House.
Mansion Global could not determine how much the underlying property cost or when it last traded. Wright was not immediately available for comment. 
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