ISSUE 82  |  Australia by Design

Extreme Repurposing in Sydney, Tin Shed Edition

July 26, 2013 11:00 AM

BY Christine Chang Hanway

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Australian architect Raffaello Rosselli celebrates the patchwork beauty of corroding steel by repurposing a humble tin shed into an office and studio in the inner-city suburb of Redfern, Sydney.

Rosselli preserves the memory of a neighborhood’s industrial past by saving the layers of corrugated iron, which had accumulated over generations of repair, from its last remaining industrial shed. Dilapidated and structurally unsound, the shed was disassembled in order to replace the structure and to add windows. Reassembling the patchwork of tin onto the new structure, Rosselli successfully turned a humble tin shed into an office and studio: Spot the difference.

The studio is available to rent through Airbnb

Unless otherwise noted, photography by Mark Syke via Arch Daily

Above: The tin shed remains contextual in scale. 

Above: The vertical slats of the new gate are in keeping with the vertical striations of the corrugated metal. 

Above: Neutral interiors contrast with the exterior patchwork patina.

Above: A strategically located window brings light into the stairwell. 

Above: The fourth wall of the repurposed shed is concrete. 

Above: Corten steel window frames match the corrugated metal panels. Photograph by Richard Carr. 

Above: A galvanized metal door marks the entry to the studio. 

Above: The tin shed before it was repurposed. Photograph by Raffaello Rosselli. 

Above: A new office and studio. Photograph by Raffaello Rosselli. 

The map below shows the Tin Shed’s location in Sydney.

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