Fearon Hay Architects designed this retreat, Storm Cottage, in 2012. Located on the east coast of Great Barrier Island, Auckland, New Zealand this 100m² (1076ft²) building is off the grid, powered by solar panels independent systems for water collection and treatment.
The dark exterior palette is completed with a layer of perforated metal screens. This operable layer allows the moderation of light / air and protection both when occupied and alone. Internally walls and floors are clad with oiled oak boards that provide a warm counter to its robust exterior.
The programme provides for a pair of symmetrical bedrooms and ensuites set about a central living space.
Care has been made to limit the scale of the building and maintain a sense of ‘cottage’.
This is a retreat that provides shelter, warmth and comfort to engage with the wilderness and isolation of the remote setting.
— Fearon Hay Architects
Photographs by Patrick Reynolds
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