The original owner ⎯⎯an avid stamp collector and property developer⎯⎯ inspired many of the property’s most distinguishing features. The unusual swimming pool shape and surrounding roofline is based on the silhouette of the head on the “One Pound Jimmy” postage stamp issued in Australia in the 1950s. The stamp was chosen to acknowledge the Aboriginal heritage of the region and to acknowledge the owners’ appreciation for the stamp as a collector.
The artful indentations on Alkira’s concrete facade reflect the perforation lines between postage stamps, as do the property’s porthole windows that cast beams of light deep inside. Rich in concept as it is in unique aesthetics, Alkira wholeheartedly lives up to its name which in Aboriginal means ‘bright and sunny’.
Comprised of prefabricated concrete, steel and glass, the property’s materials are designed to become a part of the surrounding environment over time and to deal with the harsh, corrosive wet tropical environment.