The Shed / Richard Peters Associates

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Architects: Richard Peters Associates
Location: ,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 74 sqm
Photographs: Justin Alexander

Tucked away at the end of a lane in the Sydney suburb of Randwick, close to The Spot and in walking distance to Coogee beach, is a 74 sqm simple brick industrial structure built in 1890 by two Irish blacksmiths (brothers) to house their coach building business.

Over the past 120 years the building has also operated as a motorcycle repair shop, secondhand washing machine warehouse, a builder’s workshop, and more recently a studio for local artists. Having grown up in the area, one of the owners knew the building well and when it came up for sale in 2003, took a leap of faith and invested in a project that presented an exciting opportunity to develop a smaller, sustainable and more efficient way to live, while challenging the convention that ʻbigger is betterʼ.

© Justin Alexander
Existing Floor Plan

Sustainable Renewal

The project responds to the city’s growing need for adaptive reuse, meets the constraints of a limited budget and addresses the long term needs of owners who wanted a home that would reduce the use of traditional (costly/polluting) energy requirements – all without compromising the level of amenity or comfort, in fact improving it, while maximizing privacy and renewing/greening a forgotten lane way.

© Justin Alexander

The building has a north-facing roof that has been set up with solar panels to harness the sun, there are operable doors and windows from north to south to allow good cross ventilation so there is no need for air conditioning, while the thermal mass of the concrete floor holds the winter sun to warm the building in the colder months. Along the southern wall a full bank of kitchen/storage on ground level, and robe/storage on the first level, has been installed as an effective insulator from the adjoining lane way.

© Justin Alexander

Text provided by Richard Peters Associates

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  • Ronique@Freshome .

    What a great example of a reuse building that maximizes and addresses sustainability but looks comfortable to live in! Love the natural light, and its great to see the before pictures, what a wonderful addition to this 120 year old building!

  • Zoheir AYAD

    nickel !!

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  • Tony

    Wow… really nice! only have one concern is the corrugated iron ceiling insulated?? Cause that baby will be pumping some heat into that bedroom in summer if it isn’t…Fill us in :)

  • Gio

    Hey, you said you worked with limited space and limted budget, you gave us the space, but not the budget. Is it possible for me to know a approximate figure of how much it took to do this. I am interested as I would like to take on one of these projects in a loft I am currently leasing. Thanks

  • Phil

    Can you show me the kind of the floor is? Thanks

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