(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
The Shiff Shed
This porch shed design is located in Toronto, Canada, where Victorian Architecture is the traditional design.
The shed incorporates Victorian elements, along with modern design, forming a fusion between both styles. The transition of design is evident from the front to the back of the shed, as a modern frontage is incorporated with a Victorian rear, generating a complex synthesis, which balances both designs.
The horizontal and vertical planes, concrete walls and orthogonal forms juxtapose the steep Victorian roof, developing a seamless transition, seen with the roof intersecting the planes. The repetition of the corner design element, occurring in the front and middle of the shed, unifies it to a complete whole.
Due to Toronto’s temperate climate, the 37 degree sloped roof prevents snow from accumulating, along with the small flat roof, which minimizes precipitation accumulation. The cantilevered roof provides shade and moist conditions for shade tolerant plants to grow.
The shed allows for extra space to be used for play, entertainment and storage. This is evident with the amount of windows present, providing enough light for its program, yet not too much, as the interior would become overheated, as mechanical ventilation is not present, reducing the carbon footprint.
Additional windows are present in the front of the shed, as this area is utilized for recreational space, whereas the back of the shed is primarily used for storage.