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New Zealand-based practice Fearon Hay Architects have designed the Storm Cottage in Auckland, New Zealand. Located on the east coast of Great Barrier Island, the cottage provides shelter to engage with the wilderness and isolation of the remote setting.
Following is a description from the architects, “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’.
The building is off the grid, powered by solar panels independent systems for water collection and treatment.”
Photography: Patrick Reynolds