This scrappy little shed in Hamamatsu, Japan by 403 architecture is made from leftover and recycled materials and shipping pallets from some of the firm's earlier projects. Dubbed the 'Wall of Zudaji', the shed was built for a local restaurant that needed additional storage. Holes in the shed's walls allow natural light to filter in during the day, and at night the interior lights project out through the gaps. The roof is clad with corrugated metal and the exterior is covered in a wavy polycarbonate panel to ensure that it is waterproof. The result is a resource efficient project that calls attention to material consumption and distribution via shipping pallets.
403 architecture is based out of Hamamatsu City, Japan, and the firm has completed a number of urban projects, apartment remodels, and other projects involving wood. As a result of their work, they were left with a lot of wood scraps, which they thought to save in hopes of reusing them. A restaurant near the architect’s office requested a storage shed, thus giving the firm an excuse to make use of the leftover materials. The shed was built with reclaimed shipping pallets and scrap wood from other 3 projects, “the floor of Atsumi,” “the grid of Santen,” “the difference of Ebitsuka.” The shipping pallets were deconstructed and used to build the frame of the shed, while the scraps were used to fill in the space between studs.
Gaps were left in amongst the scraps to let light filter through either in during the day or out at night. To keep the structure weather proof, clear polycarbonate material are screwed on to the outside, and the roof is covered with corrugated sheets of zinc-coated steel. The Wall of Zudaji is at once a rustic shed made from recycled materials, but also a commentary on use of material resources. There are many wooden shipping pallets laying around, and stores often times have difficulty in getting rid of them. This project was a perfect way to make use of extra material and ensure minimal waste throughout all of their projects.
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