rough sheds, sydney london

Tinshed by Raffaello Rosselli
Amy Frearson | 21 June 2013 ● Dezeen
Australian architect Raffaello Rosselli has repurposed a corroding tin shed in Sydney to create a small office and studio apartment. Rather than replace the crumbling structure, Raffaello Rosselli chose to retain the rusty corrugated cladding of the two-storey building so that from the outside it looks mostly unchanged. The project embraces that it will continue to change with time through rust, decay and repair.

“The humble tin shed is an iconic Australian structure,” he explains. “As the only remaining shed in the area it is a unique reminder of the suburb’s industrial past.”

The architect began by taking the building apart and replacing its old skeleton with a modern timber frame. He then reattached the cladding over three facades, allowing room for three new windows. The frames of the windows are made from sheets of Corten steel that display the same orange tones as the retained facade.

“The materials have been left raw and honest, in the spirit of its industrial economy,” adds Rosselli. In contrast with the exterior, the inside of the building has a clean finish with white walls and plywood floors in both the ground-floor living space and the first-floor office.
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*Photography by Mark Syke, apart from where otherwise indicated.


Collage House, London

Dezeen Published on Feb 13, 2017
Movie explores Jonathan Tuckey’s home in a 19th-century workshop 14 years on
Filmmaker Tapio Snellman has documented the ageing process of architect Jonathan Tuckey’s home, 14 years after he overhauled a 19th-century London workshop to create it. The architect, who is the founder of London-based firm Jonathan Tuckey Design, renovated and extended the steel fabricator’s workshop in 2002 to create a unique home for his family and their dog. He left the bare brick walls tarnished with black marks and chose “simple and everyday” materials to rejuvenate the character of the building, but also because they would weather well. Snellman, who shot Collage House in 2016, captures the ageing of these materials – including nicks and scratches on a series metal fixture and doors by splitting the screen into four – a trick he repeats throughout his film. “The split-screen sequences talk about the occupants and about the way architecture is integrated seamlessly with family life and personal expression,” Snellman told Dezeen. “The four simultaneous views create one strong spatial impression without any single image dominating the effect,” he told Dezeen. Both moving and fixed larch plywood panels clad the exterior, while beach plywood sheeting used as a floor lining inside the house, along with a concrete covering. Douglas fir stud work was planed and left exposed to partition spaces. This enables zones of activity to be defined, while also maintaining openness throughout.

Movie explores Jonathan Tuckey’s home in a former London steel workshop
Eleanor Gibson | 13 February 2017 ● Dezeen
This photography taken by James Brittain when the project completed in the early 2000s shows how Tuckey overhauled the industrial building by partially demolishing walls to create a central courtyard. “Plywood has weathered beautifully on both the interior and exterior and the scuff marks of 15 years use now tell the personal story of the family,” Tuckey told Dezeen. “The concrete floors have patinated and subsequently become more beautiful,” he continued. “The exposed brick was already there but continued to age gracefully as it was used to hang pictures and the kids used it to draw on it.” A space that forms a central part of Snellman’s film is the open-plan kitchen-cum-dining room, which occupies the former workshop. Here, he captures diagonal patterns of light that floods in through the long skylight between the original wooden bowstring beams restored by Tuckey. Snellman contrasts colour footage with black and white in the film, as well as tracking members of the family through the house. “The very controlled track shots try to eliminate the viewers awareness of the presence of the camera, as if the space would be seen at its most intimate, when no-one is present,” the filmmaker told Dezeen.

Ground floor plan [click to enlarge]

First floor plan

When renovating the building, Tuckey’s aim was to maintain as many of the building’s existing features as possible, while also creating plenty of playful spaces that catered to his then-young children. He divided the long and narrow building, which widens at the southern end, into three parts. He also demolished one of the existing buildings to create a courtyard and a small pond. The entrance hall and living area occupy the northern end with a mezzanine above, while the kitchen-cum-dining room occupies the central space. A walkway links these spaces to the two-storey structure added to the southern side, which houses the bedrooms and a bathroom. Since the original renovation, Tuckey has reconfigured the arrangement of the bedrooms, as his now teenage daughters needed more space. The children’s bedrooms have moved upstairs from the downstairs, while the single room used by the parents was divided into two interconnected rooms. A pair of hatches in the bedrooms open to the rooftop terrance, which was also only recently completed by the designer.
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7 responses to “rough sheds, sydney london

  1. Rose McRobie

    Wow. This is amazing how they have incorporated the old with the new. I love it. It just shows these corporations that you don’t have to pull down something old to make something new. When you can turn something old like a rusty tin shed into a work of art. I’d love to see this in some parts of Dunedin.

  2. Elizabeth

    Totally agree! Go away Mr Tosswill, of Tekapo.

  3. Farmer

    So would you like something like that built on Filleul St?
    Would the anti everything brigade be silent?

    • Elizabeth

      Farmer. The Filleul St carpark has no industrial sheds on site. Dunedin has an array of great little industrial properties that can be adapted according to their vernacular, be they from the Victorian/Edwardian era or the twentieth century, for boutique style accommodation (The Current Market).

      That aside….

      What Tosswill wants is the cheap appearance of a highrise building to fool the natives. He’s used an architect who has awards for housing and not much else, and a stunted project portfolio.

      The “build it and they will come” ningnongs might be pleased but let’s face it most are simpletons and swayed by shiny objects and glass beads.

      Topically, the shoebox apartments on plan are just that (only good for Chinese students? or a ghetto in the making?). Yawn. Where have we seen that before.

      Look at the plans in the application – strikingly impractical for returns per sq m. The vertical circulation area at core isn’t even with a toplit atrium.

      There’s no guarantee any 5 star hotel rooms will happen.

      The parking layout is a joke and doesn’t conform to NZ standards. The number of onsite parks per the number of rooms is totally inadequate.

      This, the FIASCO Hotel, is a rendering job set up to (wait for it) get the property…. and a smelly resource consent…. before a sell-on. The ability to pull this off is somewhat at the behest of the man with a gold chain and fur-collared robe.

      You won’t get a highrise building on site. Developer ruse. 100%. Yawn.

      This is a guy who has 12, TWELVE hotels he says he wants to develop in NZ but absolutely NONE OF THESE are off the ground.

      So why does he want to be the clown middle man if the agents ‘back there’ aren’t started building and there is No Current Market in Dunedin or anywhere south for what he’s touting.

      Who are the Sleepers. Hmm. And why does Mayor Cull roll out the red carpet by getting Ratepayers to pay for the geotech report, and christ knows what else, in attempting to extinguish the Ratepayer-owned central city parking areas.

      A lot of what we’re being asked to consider is not what it seems.

      The city councillors are all in their infancy where a nose for business is concerned. But that won’t matter under the RMA as it stands.

      PS. Thanks to an associate who seeded in depth thinking on Thursday. A hint of which echoes here.

      Still good time to research submission material and expert evidence. Submissions close on 10 May.

      If not a yellow balloon, what this time.

  4. Farmer

    Yes a lot might not be as it seems.
    It always interests me that someone submits a plan to invest 75m into the city and those with not a cent at stake can pull the disign to pieces with comments like ‘ strikingly impractical for returns per sq m.’ When did you last put forward a plan with better returns per m2?
    I haven’t … but at least I don’t immediately try and tear down someone who does!!

  5. Hype O'Thermia

    Farmer, somebody *asserts* he has $75m + a plan, a businesslike feasible plan.
    Other recent news concerned a firm that claimed to clean heat pumps but took a fraction of the time the job should take, then asserted that the lady’s “heat pump had a gas leak, and the gas could be replaced for another $350.” However ” Davies Heat & Cool manager Peter Chettleburgh said …. a heat pump would stop working if it had a gas leak, so he believed the work was a scam.”
    Relevant? Only in the sense that when someone claims to offer you a great deal it may be a great deal or it may be a great deal of pig-swill dumped on your front porch.
    Elizabeth has noted:
    “This is a guy who has 12, TWELVE hotels he says he wants to develop in NZ but absolutely NONE OF THESE are off the ground.”
    I wonder if all these putative hotels are over 50% apartments plus various other facilities, agglomerated into over-sized (defying District Plans) off-the-shelf building.
    And if so, is this to dazzle / apply pressure to naiive local bodies, yokels in furs? Convinced that “riches” (cargo cult, here we go again) allegedly about to flow into their town because of these “5 star” hotel rooms, will they get Scrooge McDuck $$ signs in their eyes and bend over backwards to bend the rules?
    What does it take to keep these worthies, paid & elected by local people, on track, on task? Will they be forever like fluffy kittens chasing a feather and a ball of scrunched-up tinfoil as if these were prizes of great worth?

  6. Peter

    As the saying goes, ‘Everything that glitters isn’t necessarily gold’.

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