Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Shed by Richard Peter Associates


© Justin Alexander
The Shed designed by an Australian architect, Richard Peters Associates, is a 74 sqm refurbished simple brick industrial structure, originally built in 1980. Over the past 120 years, the building used to served various functions; operated as a motorcycle repair shop, secondhand washing machine warehouse, a builder's workshop and more recently a studio for local artists. 

Having grown up in the area, one of the owners knew the building well and when it came up for sale in 2003, took a leap of faith and invested in a project that presented an exciting opportunity to develop a smaller, sustainable and more efficient way to live, while challenging the convention that 'bigger is better'


© Justin Alexander

© Justin Alexander

© Justin Alexander

© Justin Alexander

© Justin Alexander

© Justin Alexander

© Justin Alexander
Sustainable Renewal
The project responds to the city's growing need for adaptive reuse, meets the constrains of limited budget and addresses the long term needs of owners who wanted a home that would reduce the use of traditional  9costly/polluting) energy requirements - all without compromising the level of amenity or comfort, in fact improving it, while maximising privacy and renewing/greening a forgotten lane way. 
The building has a north-facing roof that has been set up with solar panels to harness the sun, there are operable doors and windows from north to south to allow good cross ventilation so there is no need for air conditioning, while the thermal mass of the concrete floor holds the winter sun to warm the building in the colder months. 
Along the southern wall a full bank of kitchen/storage on ground level, and robe/storage on the first level, has been installed as an effective insulator from the adjoining lane way.




© Justin Alexander

© Justin Alexander

© Justin Alexander

© Justin Alexander
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