Storm Cottage

Located on the east coast of Great Barrier Island – a black rough sawn timber box sits looking north to the sea.

The dark exterior palette is completed with a layer of perforated metal screens. This operable layer allows the moderation of light and 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 taken to limit the scale of the building and maintain a sense of 'cottage'.

The building is off the grid, powered by solar panels with independent systems for water collection and treatment.

This is a retreat that provides shelter, warmth and comfort to engage with the wilderness and isolation of the remote setting.

Project Details:

The internal floor area is 100m2 and construction was completed at the end of 2012. Fearon Hay’s project team was led by Robin Gieselhardt. Tim Hay and Jeff Fearon are the design architects.

Interiors are in collaboration with Penny Hay. Photography is by Patrick Reynolds.