Black Shack Architect’s Remarkable Take on Expressing the Elemental
Because Utilitarian Rarely Translates to Ordinary
It began with a family’s request for a pit-stop shelter that would provide weather protection along a private motocross track in El Jevel, Colorado. Black Shack Architects decided to dip deep into the fundamental notion of shelter, focusing on site-response and functionalism. The outcome is an unexpectedly stunning contemporary shed.
The 50-foot roof canopy is nearly cantilevered, anchored by steel moment frame structure with extra pull back from secondary steel tension rods, allowing it to be open entirely on all three sides so that riders can easily pull their bikes off the track and seek undercover.
The roof slopes to the west to block the prevailing winds and direct rain and snow out of circulation paths. A luminescent paper-like box is constructed from sanded plexiglass sheets and contains the changing area, toilet, and drink cooler—all wedged neatly under the steel structure. The material purposefully allows in natural light and a level of opacity for privacy.
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