Fearon Hay Architects envisioned and implemented Storm Cottage house, a residential project nestled on the east coast of Great Barrier Island in New Zealand, located just steps away from the sea. All the materials used to build the black timber box are in tune with the landscape: “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. 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“. The layout of Storm Cottage is simple and practical, centered around a beautiful open plan living space. Two bedrooms flank it to the left and right, each of them offering mesmerizing views.