A historic farm in the middle of The Netherlands received a sustainable upgrade with the addition of this geometric metal shed topped off with a photovoltaic system. Designed by Ruud Visser Architects, the Tiny Solar Shed replaced an dilapidated shed next to the original barn. The farm's owners asked for a more functional space that could accommodate an array of 12 solar panels to generate all of the energy they need to run the farm.
Located in Hei- en Boeico, the Tiny Solar Shed is a necessary update for this historic farm. Previously, a lean-to like shed made of wood and metal was located adjacent to a larger barn. The owners used this space to store a trailer, equipment, garden tools, sheep food and chicken food. But the space was no longer adequate and likely falling apart, so they asked Ruud Visser Architects to design a new shed for them. Their only stipulation was that it should have a large enough roof to hold 12 solar panels to provide the farm with all its electricity needs.
Ruud Visser worked in collaboration with Fumi Hoshino to create a new structure that would be functional, but also fit in with the surrounding historic qualities of the farm. They decided on a structural wooden skeleton covered in metal panels to create a protected space accessed from either a slight opening near the barn or the large opening on the opposite end. The roof is optimally angled to maximize solar production throughout the year. The result is a shed that is a contemporary update, yet feels like it still belongs.
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