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Storm Cottage / Fearon Hay Architects

Storm Cottage / Fearon Hay Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Located on the east coast of Great Barrier Island – a black rough sawn timber box sits looking north to the sea.

The dark exterior is completed with a layer of perforated metal screens. This operable layer allows the moderation of light / air and protection both when occupied and alone. 


The building is off the grid, powered by solar panels independent systems for water collection and treatment. This is a retreat that provides shelter, warmth and comfort to engage with the wilderness and isolation of the remote setting.

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Practical Cabin GJ-9 Concept, Adaptable to Various Natural Settings

Practical Cabin GJ-9 Concept, Adaptable to Various Natural Settings | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Norway based Gudmundur Jonsson Arkitektkontor designed the project entitled Cabin GJ-9, a contemporary small home prototype, easily adaptable to a variety of settings. Developed for mass distribution, the concept of Cabin GJ-9 is highly practical and versatile.

Located in Bjergøy, Norway, the cabin displays an inspiring exterior defined by wood, glass and stone, camouflaged in its natural surrounding. Two volumes make up the welcoming home, one of them accommodating the private area, and the other the service zones. Connecting the two, there is a glazed pavilion containing the living and dining space. The interior atmosphere stays true to a cottage-like feel: wood is present throughout, while a stone fireplace and inviting seating units inspire relaxation...

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Modern Beach Cottage With Unobstructed Views of the Atlantic Ocean

Modern Beach Cottage With Unobstructed Views of the Atlantic Ocean | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This picturesque beach cottage was designed by Roger Marvel Architects and is located in Amagansett, New York. Whaler’s Lane Residence is a project consisting of a renovation and expansion of an existing building overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The new additions include a swimming pool, jacuzzi, and trellis, kitchen, second floor bedroom, and terrace.

Here is a short description from the architects: “The original oceanfront beach cottage that occupied the site was reutilized conceptually for the project by maintaining similar materials and profiles to create a contextual residence.This property includes a large sand dune, that protects the project from strong winds, and public beach activity alike. The Landscaping has been accomplished with native materials and maintained with erosion control methods including Long wooden beach palates and boardwalks used to traverse the dune to the beach and guest house“.

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Storm cottage retreat in the NZ wilderness

Storm cottage retreat in the NZ wilderness | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Located on the east coast of Great Barrier Island in New Zealand is a house designed like "a black rough sawn timber box" facing north to the sea.

Created by Fearon Hay Architects, the dark exterior palette is enhanced with a layer of perforated metal screens, allowing the moderation of light and air as well as providing security. Internally walls and floors are clad with oiled oak boards that provide a warm contrast to the robust exterior. A pair of symmetrical bedrooms and ensuites are set around a central living space.


Care has been made to limit the scale of the building and the home is off the grid and powered by solar panels with independent systems for water collection and treatment.

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Interaction between a home and its context: Ramm Salbu Architects, Kalvaneset Cottage

Interaction between a home and its context: Ramm Salbu Architects, Kalvaneset Cottage | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

A home on the west coast of Norway- two  structures that interact with each other and with nature- was based on a contemporary interpretation of local building traditions. Ramm Salbu Architects of Norway built Kalvanaset Cottage, a home with a spectacular view of the sea, in Byrknesøy.

The two volumes, a main home for the family and a guesthouse are linked by a glass corridor that makes it possible to enjoy the beauty of nature without feeling the cold.

The material used on the façades, the side walls and the roof is solid untreated pine, assembled on the basis of the traditional construction principles of the vernacular building tradition on the coast. Untreated timber is a living material which changes its look over the years, taking on a warm grey hue ensuring that the Cottage will blend into its natural surroundings even better with time...

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Backyard solutions to urban planning issues

Backyard solutions to urban planning issues | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Hundreds of visitors flocked to a new, 420-square-foot cottage in West Berkeley to examine the tiny, sustainably designed "accessory home" as a possible wave of the future.
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Jay C. Estes's curator insight, May 21, 2013 9:43 AM

Hmmm, I seem to remember a similar concept known as Katrina Cottages, or Mississippi Cottages being discussed well before this.  Mississippi leading the way?