Commercial Design – Esplanade Boathouse

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Hello again readers,

This week I thought that I would feature a boathouse. For those in design school this building is probably familiar to you. Most design schools ask students to create a simple building such as a boathouse to learn and gain experience with spacial planning and the layout of bulky objects, such as skulls which are stored in the boathouse. This example also introduces students to concepts like building typology, the idea that certain structures have an innate look/appearance that identifies their use to the world around them. Using architectural elements the designer can evoke the image of building through the thoughtful placement placement and utilization of those elements.

Many famous architects have gone on to design boathouses in their careers, so I thought I would include a couple examples for reference. Below are two examples of famous boathouses design by Frank Lloyd Wright and Robert Stern Architects. Although the two boathouses are very different in style and appearance, there are common elements which both share that help to define the building type. The large roof overhang being the most apparent shared trait.

Yarra Boat Club  by Frank Lloyd Wright
Yahara Boat Club by Frank Lloyd Wright

Peter J Sharp Boathouse by Robert Stern Architects
Peter J Sharp Boathouse by Robert Stern Architects

I created a more modern boathouse but it still retains the characteristics that give a boathouse its unique look. A typical program for a boathouse would include space for boat storage/repair, a function room, meeting space, and possibly exercise space as well as fulfilling the required ADA bylaws and parking requirements for the location, which I sited on the Esplanade in Boston. Photos of the design can be found below.

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