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The Tin House: Small Space in a Big City

Architect Henning Stummel is the creator of the Tin House, a burnt-orange architectural composition, located in a former breakers’ yard in Shepherd’s Bush, consisting of six inter-connected earth-coloured pyramidal pods, covered by sustainable colour-coated steel. Finalist of the World Architecture Festival Award 2016, long-listed for the RIBA House of the Year 2016 Award and shortlisted for the RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize 2016, this sculptural composition’s uniform finish was designed with the objective of creating a cohesive construction that forms a dialogue with the warm, earthy London brick of the surrounding buildings.

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Architect Henning Stummel is the creator of the Tin House, a burnt-orange architectural composition, located in a former breakers’ yard in Shepherd’s Bush, consisting of six inter-connected earth-coloured pyramidal pods, covered by sustainable colour-coated steel. Finalist of the World Architecture Festival Award 2016, long-listed for the RIBA House of the Year 2016 Award and shortlisted for the RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize 2016, this sculptural composition’s uniform finish was designed with the objective of creating a cohesive construction that forms a dialogue with the warm, earthy London brick of the surrounding buildings.

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The Tin House is a great example of Henning’s speciality: to work with small spaces in cities that are already completely built-up. The architect’s challenge was to create a secluded place that offered privacy, both visual and acoustic, in a plot situated in a suburban London overlooked by surrounding red-brick buildings. The solution was to develop six uniformly coloured, hut-like, horseshoe-shaped constructions in a low, inward-looking courtyard open to the South, where a rectangular pool of water allows for condensation cooling and the sun’s reflections from the water bring the façades to life.

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The construction consists of six pavilions, each accommodating a room, with both the roof and façades uniformly covered by the colour GreenCoat PLX BT, as specified for this project. After investigating different coating materials that could ensure a coloured finish that would not fade away over time, Henning Stummel came across this versatile material, made out of Swedish steel, to tighten the roofs and walls together in each unit.

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The advantages of this outstanding coating are numerous: it is extremely resilient to corrosion; its low expansion co-efficient makes it durable and ensures that it will not deform over the years; it’s malleable, easily cut and formed to create custom details on the pyramidal top-lit buildings, where there is hardly a right angle; and it is sustainable and biodegradable, using a substantial portion of natural rapeseed oil instead of traditional fossil-based oils.

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One of the most striking features of the design of this construction is the lack of gutters. On the courtyard side, water comes straight off the roof and goes into a drainage strip. On the other side of the house, the roof gutter is tucked under the strips that come down. The malleability of the coating allows the desired rainwater function and style.

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Influenced by the Pantheon and the work of James Turrell, the source of light for each unit comes mainly from above through a large skylight, bringing the spaces to life. The roof-lights can be opened, and on warm days the stack effect ensures that fresh cool air is drawn in from above the pool.

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Inside, all the spaces flow together, echoing the orange theme on some walls, doors and on the bespoke kitchen island. The kitchen-diner area and the living room are joined by means of a wide opening, and a wood-burning stove in the living room adds an extra touch of cosiness. Each construction receives the light mainly from above, which gives the atmosphere a sense of warmth and naturalness. The under-heated floors are made of polished concrete and the walls and ceilings are natural plaster in white with some touches of orange, which contributes to the general feeling of relaxation and good vibes of the Tin House’s interiors.

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The construction was planned to last for fifteen months, but it finally took three years. It was hard work and there were many difficulties that had to be overcome, but the results were well worth it. The Tin House is an architectural masterpiece that offers a beautiful balance of delight and practicality and is an uplifting place for the Stummels to live.

Have a more detailed look at the award-winning Tin House here:

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