The town of Stonington, CT recently acquired land adjacent to historic Mystic Seaport and on that site plan to construct a boathouse to serve as the permanent training facilities for the local high school’s crew team, as well as meeting the needs of local boating enthusiasts. I submitted this boathouse design for the design committee’s consideration. The program called for locker rooms, boat storage facilities, and a training space/event space to be available for the crew team’s needs. The design needed to fit in with the historic buildings found on the Mystic Seaport property as well as look appropriate for the community at large. Below are photos of my final design. I offered two material options for cladding the boathouse, a horizontal clapboard design as well as a shingle style design. The clapboard option while traditional was actually executed in a very modern way by spacing the individual clapboards an inch apart leaving gaps between the individual boards. (see photo below) I borrowed this technique after first seeing it executed on a small music studio project in Maine.1 From a distance, there is no perceivable difference between a normally clapboard clad structure, but up close the building takes on a very modern aesthetic.
1. Long Studio/30×40 Design. 6 Aug 2017. ArchDaily website. Accessed Aug 6, 2017 http://www.archdaily.com/877088/long-studio-30×40-design-workshop