BOATHOUSE AT BALNEARN // PERTH AND KINROSS
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McKenzie Strickland Associates
A unique, multi-functional ‘drive-in’ boathouse has been created over a specially constructed cave on the shore of Loch Tay. The result offers the inhabitants a unique living space which changes with the loch and allows both fun on the water and a retreat in tune with the environment.
RIBA Awards 2010
RIAS Andrew Doolan Award Finalist 2010
Working with the
Respect the landscape setting
and the traditional building
patterns of the locality
Responding to the
Consider the immediate context
and allow specific site conditions
to influence design
Inspirational ideas for
and innovative design
- An impression of lightness is generated by the overall shape
of the boathouse, akin to the
wings of a bird or sails of a ship.
- The building is carefully angled to complement the client’s main
house nearby with particular
focus on the roof design and the relationship between the angulated, raised zinc seam roof and the water.
- The two angled columns are created from exceptionally lightweight steel and create a
‘free floating’ effect giving the impression that they are not so much holding the roof up, as holding it down.
- Large amounts of glazing allow the building to take advantage
of the views.
- The glazing can be closed off by shutters to transform the internal space, when required, into a more private and intimate space.
- The design team were faced
with some technical
challenges including the
problem of building on the
water. A dam was created to allow the foundations to be constructed.
- To tackle the problem of a
build-up of water pressure,
huge local boulders were
used in the building of the
walls allowing the water to
- Cedar shuttering, which
glides open to reveal a glass expanse, completely
changes the look of the building – from solid to
almost transparent – adding
to the structure's intriguing ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ ability to transform into different characters at different times.
Image © Keith Hunter
Page updated: Wednesday, March 07, 2012