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Shed Style refers to a style of architecture that makes use of planar angled roofs (commonly called "shed roofs") as opposed to the common gable roof, and a heavy overall use of exposed wooden surfaces. Such structures are often inspired by traditional mountain lodge architecture, but are much more modernistic in their execution, typically appearing as a conglomeration of wedge-shaped forms.
The style originated from the designs of architects Charles Willard Moore and Robert Venturi in the 1960s. Their works were influential to the style that would include the Sea Ranch in California (Moore), and the Vanna Venturi House (Venturi).
Beginning in the late 1960s, Shed style architecture experienced the peak of its popularity in the 1970s, where it was commonly used for houses, schools and small office buildings. This style largely died out in urban areas in the late 1980s, mostly due to the high maintenance requirements of the wooden exteriors, but has remained popular in forested regions.
Clerestory windows are a common feature, since roof planes are offset and do not form peaks. Coniferous trees are usually used in the surrounding landscaping, adding to the "woodsy" feel of the architecture. Translucent panels of fluorescent lighting are often seen interlaced with wooden surfaces on interior ceilings.
The style has re-appeared in recent years with the increased popularity of passive-solar designs, because windows are often angled towards a single direction, and the recent advent of vinyl siding which does not weather as wood does.
- McAlester, Virginia and Lee (1996). A Field Guide to American Houses. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. p. 484.
- "Shed Style". Architectural Style Guide. Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 24 May 2011.
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