A Frankenstorm-proof cottage, located on the east coast of Great Barrier Island in New Zealand, can be completely sealed off from the elements when not in use.
Clad in black rough-sawn timber, the 1,000-square-foot structure looks north to the sea; the dark exterior palette is completed with a layer of perforated metal screens, which can be closed when the cottage is not occupied. According to Fearon Hay Architects, "This is a retreat that provides shelter, warmth, and comfort to engage with the wilderness and isolation of the remote setting."
Above: The dark rough-sawn timber box faces north to the sea. The building is off the grid, powered by solar panels independent systems for water collection and treatment.
Above: Internal walls and floors are clad with oiled oak boards, which provide a warm counterpoint to the dark exterior.
Above: Furnishings are simple: a butterfly chair, a grass carpet, and an Artemide reading lamp.
Above: The folding glass doors can be opened for an indoor/outdoor feel.
Above: At night, the cottage glows from within.
Above: The bathroom is tucked behind a sliding wood panel.
Above: The simple furniture includes a custom bed and bedside table.
Above: Built-in shelving is concealed behind a sliding panel.
Above: A trio of custom hooks.
Above: When not in use, the cottage can be completely closed with a layer of perforated metal screens.