Storm Cottage is located on Great Barrier Island, New Zealand and was designed by Fearon Hay Architects.

With the jagged lines of its architecture and the deep black color of its outer walls, Storm Cottage stands out greatly from its green and rugged surroundings.

Storm Cottage by Fearon Hay Architects:

“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 / 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.

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

Photos by: Patrick Reynolds