Off-Grid Storm Cottage is a Solar-Powered Timber Box on New Zealand’s Great Barrier Island

by , 08/13/12

Fearon Hay Architects, off-grid, solar-powered, timber, Storm Cottage, Great Barrier Island, Australia, wastewater treatment, sustainable design, green design, eco-design, daylighting

Clad in black rough sawn timber that makes the home fit in so beautifully with its bucolic surroundings, the Storm Cottage by Fearon Hay Architects has operable metal screens that are perforated. These permit both natural light and ventilation and can be shut all the way when necessary. The internal walls and floors are clad with sustainably-sourced oak boards.

The home features two en-suite bedrooms organized around a living area, all of which face the sea. Furnishings are simple but fresh, and energy to power the home is derived from solar panels. Rainwater is harvested and stored for use, and wastewater is treated on-site. We find this home simple but gentle on the earth and still welcoming enough that the neighbors will want to stop by for a visit!

+ Fearon Hay Architects

Via Freshome

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  1. Tafline Laylin August 13, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Sorry, you’re so right and I’m fixing this right away!

  2. hamcam August 13, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    This Great barrier Island is in New Zealand not Australia. Quite different places especially if you talk to a New Zealander. Perhaps Australia does have a Great Barrier island but then the link you provide takes you to Great Barrier New Zealand and the Architects are also from new Zealand. Nice cottage though.

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