offSET Shed House in Gisborne

offSET Shed House, Gisborne Residential Development, New Zealand Architecture

offSET Shed House in Gisborne

Shed-esk Dwelling in NZ – design by Irving Smith Jack Architects

22 Oct 2016

offSET Shed House in Gisborne

Design: Irving Smith Jack Architects

Location: Gisborne, New Zealand

Shed House in Gisborne

House in Gisborne

House in Gisborne

From a context of accrued simple shed-esk dwellings in an isolated and south facing New Zealand coastal surf community, a strategy of sequencing building ‘sets’ (aka surf) was generated to scale new form to its surrounds.

House in Gisborne

House in Gisborne

New ‘shed’ sets are then offset to allow seasonal living, circulation, and privacy options and for variations in wind and sun exposure.

House in Gisborne

House in Gisborne

Summer opens and invites in community; with diagonal movement connecting offset and shaded external spaces. Here living holds minimal interior use, with summer circulation defining informal house boundaries, and the control of sand.

House in Gisborne

House in Gisborne

Circulation then internalises for winter shut down, with high level northern openings capturing precious northern light and warmth, and offset forms providing shelter to the southern exposure.

House in Gisborne

House in Gisborne

The ‘shed’ typology follows New Zealand architectural vernacular accruing from rural and isolated beginnings, and the simple, self erected, elemental buildings still apparent within these remote provincial communities.

House in Gisborne

House in Gisborne

Within this new set of ‘sheds’, timber pergolas and ceilings collate pathways within simple metal and plasterboard linings to efficiently define offset spaces and welcome an eclectic collection of furniture, the coastal community, and surf.

House in Gisborne

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