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Tinshed / Raffaello Rosselli

  • 00:00 - 11 April, 2013
Tinshed / Raffaello Rosselli
©  Mark Syke
© Mark Syke

©  Mark Syke ©  Mark Syke © Richard Carr © Richard Carr +14

©  Mark Syke
© Mark Syke

From the architect. 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.

©  Mark Syke
© Mark Syke

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
© 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. 

©  Mark Syke
© Mark Syke

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

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wainjohnstone · July 23, 2015

My friends moved in a very similar house in Alexandria VA two years ago. Very nice and spacious house

Ali Bazazan · April 16, 2014

grunge texture...

Andrew Daly · April 15, 2013

Great job raf =)

Zeeman · April 15, 2013

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.

peek · April 12, 2013

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

Emma · April 11, 2013

This is absolutely fantastic.

Sudar Khadka · April 11, 2013

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.

Phillip · April 24, 2013 09:54 AM

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.

Patrick H · April 11, 2013 10:05 PM

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.

Manh Tran Le · April 11, 2013

Amazingly wise use of used material!!!

Lin · April 11, 2013

Is it ok to use corrugated material as facade?

Maria · December 02, 2014 10:32 AM

Yes. Check out the older houses in the city of Reykjavik, Iceland, as an example. http://inlanding.files.wordpre...

Ya · April 11, 2013

I love it

baole · April 11, 2013

it's so nice


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