Old Shed New House
Located on the edge of a small North Yorkshire village is a former agricultural shed, which is now enjoying a new lease of life thanks to a spectacular renovation project.
Old Shed New House was designed by award-winning architects Tonkin Liu and serves as a home, library and gallery. After a lifetime offering shelter to vehicles and equipment, the shed is now a contemporary dwelling filled with books, artwork and furniture. The property is a private escape in the heart of the North Yorkshire landscape and has been turning heads since its completion.
Old Shed New House has been regularly appearing on industry award shortlists. Most recently, it was recognised with a 2018 Wood Award nomination in the ‘Private’ category.
The timber framed and clad house slots neatly into its immediate landscape and gives no immediate indication of its internal contemporary makeover. The steel portal frame and ground-slab have been enlarged and infilled with a new timber frame clad in varied widths of shot-blasted timber and galvanised steel. The rhythmic façade reads like the bark of silver birch trees found on the site. The landscape is drawn into the building’s two double-height volumes through large axial openings.
Moving into the house, a long gallery entices visitors in. One of the most significant features is a tall south-facing library which evokes a forest clearing in the heart of the house. The spacious library is wrapped by a modestly sized living room and three bedrooms. Behind the long gallery, a thick wall conceals the staircase, utility room and storage. The environmental approach was to create a highly insulated and airtight building that follows the passivhaus strategy. Timber solar louvres were integrated into the cladding system to limit solar gain.
Work on site was carried out by contractor Vine House Construction, a York-based family run business that has been in operation for over a decade. Having previously worked alongside Tonkin Liu on a different award-winning project, London-based Rodrigues Associates oversaw the structural engineering. Wood including Siberian larch, Latvian birch and Scandinavian spruce was supplied by Arnold Laver while Image Developments Northern Ltd carried out the joinery.
In addition to the Wood Awards, Old Shed New House won a RIBA Yorkshire Award 2018 and the RIBA Yorkshire Small Project of the Year Award 2018 as well as a RIBA National Award 2018. It is currently one of 20 properties vying to be named RIBA House of the Year.
Tonkin Liu is no stranger to award success – the practice has won fourteen RIBA Awards to date as a starting point. Based in London, the practice has developed a diverse portfolio of work that stretches across the private, commercial and public sectors. To find out more, please visit www.tonkinliu.co.uk.