Award Winning Timber Pallet House Withstands Cyclone Marcia


 An award-winning temporary house for disaster victims has been put to the test by Tropical Cyclone Marcia and has passed with flying colours.

Designed by three Central Queensland University students, Angus Hughes, Jessica Kahl and Mattison Rose, the temporary house has successfully withstood the extreme weather offered by Tropical Cyclone Marcia and has remained in-tact.

Located in the outskirts of Rockhampton, the multi-level timber Pallet House is made almost entirely from cast-off timber, and has now officially survived three cyclones, including the recent one in Queensland, which was larger and stronger than previous weather events.

"The size of the pallets dictated the size of the house which is three pallets high, three pallets wide and five pallets long,”Angus Hughes, one of the designers, told CQUniversity's Be magazine.

“The exterior and interior walls are made from pallets, while the floor has been created from packing timber which was donated by a local glazing business.”

“I saw a documentary about the use of pallets for housing refugees in Haiti and that gave me the idea. I got advice from engineers and used the CAD design software at Uni,” Hughes said.

“We started in June 2013 and have worked on the house on and off since then. We left the pallets on display on the exterior on purpose rather than doing exterior cladding.”

Completed with discarded roofing iron and iron pipe stumps, the house has no running water, but is connected to the property’s electricity supply.

As reported by, Angus Hughes, Jessica Kahl and Mattison Rose designed The Shelter Project, a social enterprise that uses industrial pallets to create homes that can be erected in a disaster zone area in minimal time.

Angus Hughes with award winning house 

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