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.