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.