Cyclone-proof home with six cantilever wings hits market

Cyclone-proof home with six cantilever wings hits market

A cyclone-proof residence, consisting of six cantilever wings built over a lake in Cape Tribulation, in Australia's Queensland, has hit the market with a guide price of A$8 million to A$10 million.

The Alkira-an Aboriginal word that means 'bright and sunny', the home was designed by Melbourne-based architect Charles Wright in 2013 who built it for his own use. In reality, the property's wings appear to float atop the water, but, in reality, rest on deep underground foundations, said Lynn Malone and Barbara Wolveridge of Queensland Sotheby's International, which listed it earlier this month. A swimming pool connected to the six wings is located in the heart of the home.

Aside from the Great Barrier Reef, the property is located in one of Daintree Rainforest, which boasts 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 wet Tropics of Queensland is part of the Wet Tropics of Queensland Unesco World Heritage Site.

The fully furnished home has polished concrete floors throughout, as well as a landscaped courtyard and waterfalls, the listing said. There is a commercial kitchen, four reception rooms, and two dining areas-all of which have partial glass walls and are open to the outside.

There are six bedroom suites-one at each end of each cantilever wings. They are equipped with wood-clad walls, covered balconies overlooking the lake, marble bathrooms and custom closets.

Other features include an office, a 2,400-bottle temperature-controlled wine cellar, a gym and a boardwalk to the private beach. The Mango House, a three-bedroom, two-bathroom residence, is also available for rent.

Mansion Global could not determine how much the underlying property cost or when it last traded. Wright, who was not available for comment, was not immediately available for comment.