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Architect Glenn Murcutt Creates Natural Cooling
The Marika-Alderton House by Glenn Murcutt

The Marika-Alderton House by Glenn Murcutt

Photo © Glenn Murcutt, courtesy the Pritzker Prize Committee
Date: Completed in 1994
Architect: Glenn Murcutt
Location: Yirrkala Community, Eastern Amheim Land, Northern Territory, Australia

Designed for an Aboriginal artist, the Marika-Alderton House ingeniously adapts to the hot, tropical climate of Australia's Northern Territory.

Wide eaves shelter the house from the sun. Pivoting tubes along the roof expel hot air and vertical fins direct cooling breezes into the living spaces.

Because the structure rests on stilts, air circulates underneath and helps cool the floor. Elevating the house also helps keep the living space safe from tidal surges.

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