Irving Smith Jack Architects designed a couple of “sheds” that couldn’t be more different from the garden-variety types you’ve seen before. Set in a coastal town near Gisborne, New Zealand, ISJ Architects’ offSET Shed House is a modern beach home that pays homage to the vernacular architecture as well as the site’s former shed, a simple and much smaller building built by the clients’ grandfather in the 1940s. In addition to its contemporary upgrade, the family home was created with passive design principles to take advantage of the site’s winter sun and cooling summer winds.
Built for a family of four, the low-impact offSET Shed House comprises two slightly offset volumes that look like separated buildings from afar, but are actually interconnected. The home is clad in corrugated black metal on the exterior for an industrial vibe, while the interior is lined with Tasmanian Oak and white surfaces for a homey feel. Large south-facing glazed windows frame stunning views of the beach and the Pacific Ocean.
The offSET Shed House’s use of passive design principles makes the building a comfortable stay year-round. The building’s spatial arrangement and south-facing openings maximize the effect of the ocean’s cooling breezes. Stained cedar screens provide shade against the harsh sunlight. In the wintertime, high-level openings capture warmth from northern light. All rainwater is collected and reused onsite.
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