Gallery: Low-Impact Island Retreat Provides Protection From the Element...

Located on Waiheke Island to the east of Auckland, New Zealand is the Island Retreat -- a compound of low-impact freestanding structures. The family vacation retreat is built with concrete and other durable materials to withstand the sometimes inhospitable climate. Designed by Fearon Hay Architects with interiors by Penny Hay, Island Retreat is powered with a stand-alone photovoltaic system, harvest rainwater and manages its wastewater on site.

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