Play it Safe


New Zealand-based Fearon Hay Ar­chi­tects know how im­por­tant it is to be fully geared up in case calamity strikes. And its self-sus­tain­ing 1,000-sq ft Storm Cot­tage lo­cated on the east coast of Great Bar­rier Is­land has been built to with­stand the na­ture’s fury. Look­ing north to the sea, the struc­ture with its black rough sawn tim­ber box in­te­ri­ors, is off the grid and has per­fo­rated metal screens for fool-proof se­cu­rity which act as a bar­rier in case of a storm. The walls and floors are clad with oiled oak boards that keep the cot­tage warm and cosy and the build­ing is pow­ered by so­lar pan­els to man­age its own wa­ter col­lec­tion and treat­ment.

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