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Stilts Elevate Aussie House Above Seasonal Floodwaters

There's just something about a straightforward modern house built with simple materials: Though they may not be the flashiest around, but in their material simplicity there's a certain unadorned beauty. We can add this Aussie house, built on stilts to help evade the rising waters for which this flood plain is known, to that list of covetable modern homes.


Designed by Eumundi, Australia-based Robinson Architects, the whimsically named Platypus Bend House, in the eastern city of Pomona (north of Sydney) lies on a 35-acre clearing in the woods. Corrugated metal siding and a gabled profile contribute to the two-level house's industrial charms, as do the V-shaped stilts that hold the house aloft.


When it comes to water, the house is entirely self-sufficient: Ground-level rainwater-collecting cisterns, a solar-powered hot water heater, and on-site treatment of waste water are all built right in.

Inside, open-plan interiors are passively cooled thanks to vaulted ceilings that draw heat up and away from living spaces and easy outdoor access via sliding glass doors that lead to partially screened balconies.


This house was built in a flood zone, so they raised it off the ground [Contemporist]
All Australia posts [Curbed]