2019 Excellence in Specialty Building or Room Design Winner: Boathouse
Marcus Gleysteen and Maggie Mink of Marcus Gleysteen Architects in Lincoln, Massachusetts
Designed to be beautiful as well as functional, the boathouse stores boats and recreation equipment, and also functions as an event space. Ipe-decked platform boat lifts are raised to make a solid floor and convert the boathouse into an open gathering space. A Douglas fir timber frame clear-spans the interior space. Other useful features include a storage loft above the service space, and barn doors to batten-down for the off-season.
Judges said: This project displays a playful approach to expressing the notion of a dynamic boathouse, while complementing the site. The simple form, structure, materials and use of natural light are carefully integrated. There is also a refreshing multi-functional duality, allowing the space to be enjoyed as a gathering space for events. It clearly communicates multiple layers of meaning with regard to the site, exterior architectural form, interior space, structure and details.