Faux-traditional shed and Ivy League outdoor bath

Aitchison, Mathew (2010) Faux-traditional shed and Ivy League outdoor bath. St. Lucia, QLD, Australia, The University of Queensland.

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Author Aitchison, Mathew
Title Faux-traditional shed and Ivy League outdoor bath
Place of publication St. Lucia, QLD, Australia
Publisher The University of Queensland
Publication date 2010
Total pages 1 Design Project
Language eng
Subject Original Creative Work - Design/Architectural work
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Research Theme: - Affordable building solutions.

Faux-Traditional Shed
and Ivy League Outdoor Bath are exercises in the affordable application of architecture. Today, most people are aware of the benefits and luxuries afforded by good residential design, tailored to the every need if the client. But who can afford such quality design?

Faux-Traditional shed is developed within planning regulations that permit 10m2 'Shed'. Because 10m2 is not much space, the shed borrows extra space by extending a series of 'pop-outs' above the 10m2 floor level. These pop-outs include a bay-window seat and window shelves, with a small deck attached to the north, which doubles as a step and seat. The shed is sited a far from the main house as possible to give privacy and seclusion, and utilizing the otherwise unusable 6m setback from the rear boundary. The shed is lined inside and outside with plywood offcuts, costing 10% of normal material costs. Internally these plywood panels are used decoratively in their full format of 1200×600mm. Externally, the panels of pencil cedar plywood have been made into continuous weatherboards, with the grain running vertically so as to imitate the shingles of a traditional shed. The traditional shed look is essential for those many inner-city people wondering what the purpose of the building is: neighbours, planners, buyers and renters.

Despite its fancy name, Ivy League Outdoor Bath cost $1000. It returns to the same principles for which Queensland architecture originally became famous: the combination of the best outcomes of thrift and purpose. Contained by continuous wall of transparent polycarbonate, the Outdoor Bath requires no lights and no windows. It uses only recycled fixtures, either free or 5% of the shelf price. Privacy comes in the cover of free vines, shrubs and other plants that grow over the walls. Because the Ivy League Outdoor Bath is made of minimal steel and polycarbonate sheeting, it is light and moveable. It needs only to sit over a temporary soak pit, which, in turn, sustains the plants covering it. A tall stand of Banana Trees (which love grey water) provides shade in the summer, and a pop-top fully operable roof provides ventilation and a clear view to the moon and stars.

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