Tinshed / Raffaello Rosselli

  • 11 Apr 2013
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Architects: Raffaello Rosselli
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Raffaello Rosselli
Year: 2011
Photographs: Mark Syke, Richard Carr, Courtesy of Raffaello Rosselli

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The humble tin shed is a iconic Australian structure. The project was to repurpose an existing tin shed at the rear of a residential lot, in the inner-city suburb of Redfern, Sydney. Located on a corner the existing shed was a distinctive building, a windowless, narrow double storey structure on a single storey residential street. As the only remaining shed in the area it is a unique reminder of the suburb’s industrial past.

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The project brief was to create a new use for the building as an office space and studio.The shed in its current state was dilapidated and structurally unsound. The original tin shed was disassembled and set aside while a new timber frame was erected. The layers of corrugated iron accumulated over generations of repair were reassembled on three facades.

© Richard Carr

Corten steel window boxes cut through the form and extend out over the lane and street, opening up the once windowless space. The materials have been left raw and honest, in the spirit of its industrial economy. The west face was clad in expressed joint fibre cement panels while plywood floors and joinery add warmth to the interior.

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The project embraces that it will continue to change with time through rust, decay and repair.

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  • baole

    it’s so nice

  • Ya

    I love it

  • Lin

    Is it ok to use corrugated material as facade?

  • Manh Tran Le

    Amazingly wise use of used material!!!

  • Sudar Khadka

    Exterior cladding of this type has a negative connotation in poor countries since it is used by illegal settlers in their makeshift huts. Its sad how it can be romanticized this way. Yet at the same time it provides some direction on how shanties can be designed better.

    • Patrick H

      Every material has different connotations in different areas. I don’t see what’s “sad” about creatively reusing material in this way. If anything, it’s inspirational.

      • Sudar Khadka

        Totally agree about the connotations of materials, thats exactly what I was pointing out. It just so happens that where I am from, people are forced to use this material not by choice but by circumstance of their poverty. Its like the way starving people would feel about people going on a diet.

        Check out google images of “shanty town” or “squatter settlement” to see what I mean.

        Nevertheless, what I highlighted is only also a small point in a largely admirable and inspiring project.

      • may

        In australia the ‘tin shed’ is an archetypal building.
        This is a romanticised tin shed, not a favela :)

      • Carlos

        I lived one year in the chilean city of Valparaíso. Same materials, not exactly a “santhy town” but rather a circunstancial material, concerning the seaport and the need to build with light materials for seismic reasons. Google “Valparaíso”, it’s a wonderful place, and it’s also a Unesco Heritage city. In this case, of this project, it’s just silly that the architect purposely used rusty material. Makes no sense..

      • issa

        Let’s be careful about impressions… I too come from a so called “poor country” in west africa (cote d’ivoire). We all need to remember that beyond the material, it is the usage that we make of it that reveals its full character. corrugated rusted tin can be as beautiful as marble or corian. It is our job as architects to unveal the “potential beauties” of any material, rich or poor.

    • Phillip

      Its a shame people damning this lovely project don’t seem to have read the article. This is not entirely a new building. A shed that very closely resembled this building existed on this site (near my home). It was a lovely and unusual thing and it appears that all materials that could be salvaged and re-used (in the same position) have been. I had long been concerned it would be demolished and lost. I am delighted that the client, architect and council were able to re-purpose it so that it could be retained and loved.

  • Emma

    This is absolutely fantastic.

  • peek

    A good case for street art here !. Architectural perversness . Has the neighbor moved yet .?

  • Zeeman

    Carlos it makes perfect sense. This material typifies this area and indeed large parts of urban Australian cities. It helps retain the history and aesthetic of these back lane ways of our inner city. It is after all material taken from the site. Corrugated iron is a universal material and I think Australia has adopted it as its own, we love it.

  • Andrew Daly

    Great job raf =)

  • Ali Bazazan

    grunge texture…