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* Residential Architecture: Storm Cottage by Fearon Hay Architects

Posted by the editors on Thursday, 17 January 2013

Storm Cottage by Fearon Hay Architects

Residential Architecture: Storm Cottage by Fearon Hay Architects: “..Located on the east coast of Great Barrier Island, New Zealand – 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 [and] 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..”  Truly outstanding site; extensive glazing, natural light, ocean views; contextual and materials sensibility; sustainability..

See our posts on four other projects by Fearon Hay Architects:

image: © Patrick Reynolds; article: “Storm Cottage / Fearon Hay Architects” 14 Jan 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 16 Jan 2013. http://www.archdaily.com/318124

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One Response to “* Residential Architecture: Storm Cottage by Fearon Hay Architects”

  1. Ann Katzenbach said

    My husband and I saw this house when we were in New Zealand in 2011. It was November. The house was empty and the weather was pretty stormy, but we fell in love with the architecture, the site, the materials. The house is sited so beautifully and the grassy surround is stark and lovely. Also, the guest cottage is a delight in its simplicity. It was a thrill to find it on your site – we recognized it immediately. We are currently building our own house in Arizona from Rastrablock – our own design. It’s not so grand as your houses, but it will be lovely.
    Ann Katzenbach

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