Outback Staked House

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March 1, 2009

A few years ago, while working with the indigenous communities of remote Arnhem Land, in Australia’s Northern Territory, architect Sue Harper became passionate about prefab.

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  Remote living, especially on an island, requires a fair degree of self-sufficiency. Dangar Island has a limited water supply, so all the roofs on the Flood house were designed to collect rainwater and channel it into a 6,600-gallon tank.  Photo by: Patrick Bingham Hall
    Remote living, especially on an island, requires a fair degree of self-sufficiency. Dangar Island has a limited water supply, so all the roofs on the Flood house were designed to collect rainwater and channel it into a 6,600-gallon tank.

    Photo by: Patrick Bingham Hall

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  The Dangar Island house utilizes many eco-friendly tricks of the trade seen in much of modern Australian architecture. North-facing skillion roofs on the main pavilion and the bathhouse usher in the warming winter sun.  Photo by: Patrick Bingham Hall
    The Dangar Island house utilizes many eco-friendly tricks of the trade seen in much of modern Australian architecture. North-facing skillion roofs on the main pavilion and the bathhouse usher in the warming winter sun.

    Photo by: Patrick Bingham Hall

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  The kitchen has a view to the Hawkesbury River.  Photo by: Patrick Bingham Hall
    The kitchen has a view to the Hawkesbury River.

    Photo by: Patrick Bingham Hall

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  Because of the relative inaccessibility of Dangar Island, all building materials needed to be brought in by barge and carried to the site from the pier.  Photo by: Patrick Bingham Hall
    Because of the relative inaccessibility of Dangar Island, all building materials needed to be brought in by barge and carried to the site from the pier.

    Photo by: Patrick Bingham Hall

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