Island off-grid

Fitted with a modern take on punkah fans and the latest in battery tech, an experimental off-grid house on South Stradbroke Island is the result of a dynamic collaboration between architects Tim Bennetton and Gabriel Poole.

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Mitch Hills
Stradbroke Island House, an award-winning ‘permanent campsite’, is architect Gabriel Poole’s ode to a light touch

Adding to his lustre as a living legend of Queensland architecture, at the age of 84, Gabriel Poole won last year’s Australian Institute of Architects Robin Dods Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (New) in Queensland. The house was an off-the-grid island home that is a revelation for anyone not familiar with his work. But it is, in fact, consistent with his decade’s long oeuvre of original houses that touch the land very lightly.

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Mitch Hills