irving smith architects aligns offSET shed house with new zealand coastline irving smith architects aligns offSET shed house with new zealand coastline
aug 23, 2015

irving smith architects aligns offSET shed house with new zealand coastline

irving smith architects aligns offSET shed house with new zealand coastline
photography by patrick reynolds

 

 

 

irving smith architects has completed ‘the offSET shed house’ — a small family residence located in a coastal community north of gisborne, new zealand. the dwelling is clad in a black corrugated metal façade, with carefully positioned windows offering views of the neighboring south pacific ocean.

 

the property has been designed for year-round occupation, with a variety of external terraces and verandas adjoining internal accommodating. during summer months the home’s retractable windows and doors encourage outdoor living, with circulation routes defining informal house boundaries. conversely, throughout the winter, the structure becomes more hermetic with high level openings capturing precious northern light and warmth, and offset forms providing shelter to the southern exposure.

irving smith jack architects offSET shed house new zealand designboom
the residence is located in a coastal community north of gisborne, new zealand

irving smith jack architects offSET shed house new zealand designboom
the entirely dwelling is clad with a black corrugated metal façade

irving smith jack architects offSET shed house new zealand designboom
the family property has been designed for year-round occupation

irving smith jack architects offSET shed house new zealand designboom
a variety of external terraces and verandas adjoin internal living accommodating

irving smith jack architects offSET shed house new zealand designboom
carefully positioned windows offer views of the neighboring pacific ocean

irving smith jack architects offSET shed house new zealand designboom
the brightly illuminated kitchen-diner with views of the external courtyard

irving smith jack architects offSET shed house new zealand designboom
a series of high level openings capture precious northern light and warmth in winter

irving smith jack architects offSET shed house new zealand designboom
the home’s retractable windows and doors encourage outdoor living during the summer season

  • With surf like that out my front window, I would be hard pressed to hold a job. I like the interior, not a fan of the container look.

    Jim

    jimCan says:
  • The “container look” is the quintessential NZ Bach (beach home) look. Its beautiful in the way it represents the ideas of a “Bach”, with its minimalist decoration and “plonked on the site” look. Traditionally, they aren’t meant to be lived in all year round, although, obviously if I was the owner, I would want to live there full time too.
    You don’t need a fancy holiday home, when you spend your days outside BBQing, playing cricket, surfing & fishing.
    Sometimes the “shed look” represents more than what meets the eye. It’s a fantastic representation of NZ culture and lovely, thoughtful architecture.

    Mel says:

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