Storm Cottage

Great Barrier Island 100 sqm 2012

Storm Cottage

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 / 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.





Project Team

Tim Hay

Jeff Fearon

Robin Geiselhardt



Fearon Hay Architects with Penny Hay


Photography –

Patrick Reynolds



Awards & Press

NZIA Local Award (Housing Catagory), 2012

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