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Old Shed New House shortlisted
for RIBA Award 2018

We are delighted to announce that Old Shed New House has been shortlisted for a RIBA Award.

Revealed in the RIBA Yorkshire shortlist, the awards recognise UK buildings for 'regional importance as a piece of architecture'.

An existing agricultural shed in North Yorkshire, once a container for tools and tractors, is now a container for the clients' lifetime collection of books and art. The steel frame and ground slab have been reused and enlarged, retaining the original form of the shed, newly clad in varied widths of shot-blasted timber and galvanised steel fins.

The surrounding landscape is pulled into the building’s two principle double-height volumes through large axial openings. A long gallery draws visitors in from afar and frames the rising and setting sun from within. A tall south-facing library, bounded by mirror-backed shelving and a light-modulating canopy, evokes a forest clearing in the heart of the house.

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The house is a journey of interconnected spaces that alternate between the grand and the intimate. The spacious library is wrapped by a modestly sized living room and three bedrooms, whilst behind the long gallery a thick wall conceals staircase, utility room, and storage. The design accommodated the use of traditional construction techniques and low-cost materials to ensure a challenging budget could be met.

Read more about Old Shed New House.

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Tonkin Liu has won 10 RIBA Awards since 2003, including for Sun Rain Rooms (2017), Ness Point (2017) Kingston Ancient Marketplace (2016). In 2017, Ness Point was also shortlisted for RIBA House of the Year. The shortlist and winner were announced as part of Grand Designs: House of the Year, broadcast on Channel 4 in November 2017.