SCHUYLKILLSHELL BOATHOUSE

STUDIO 2-2 PROJECT

 

In this project for my second year studio class, we were tasked with creating a design for a boathouse along the Schuylkill River. It was designed for a new league of public and private schools to have their own space along the river, allowing them to compete in boat races and host social functions. The site is located at Kelly Drive between the St. Joseph's University and Temple University Boathouses. (Click or tap the site plan to enlarge)

In the spirit of boat racing, I wanted the building to resemble a wave. This was best accomplished as an abstracted shape in the form of a ribbed concrete shell, which also happens to mimic the way most boats are constructed. Enveloping you as you enter through the front, its unique shape creates an unusual, memorable experience on the second and third levels. 

Site Plan

(Click to switch image) Aside from boat storage, the design requires locker rooms, a weight training room, offices, a kitchen, and a trophy room to host events and showcase the league's awards and achievements.

 
 

The interior of the building is actually a column and flat plate slab system separate from the exterior shell. The gap between the curtain walls and the second floor lets the trophy room appear larger and more expansive. As with most other boathouses, the sculls are stacked on top of one another via racks. A garage door underneath the balcony provides room for the boats to be moved out of the house and onto the river.

Aside from boat storage, the design requires locker rooms, a weight training room, offices, a kitchen, and a trophy room to host events and showcase the league's awards and achievements.

Note: The model was designed with Rhinoceros 5 and imported into SketchUp. I used the Podium plugin for renders and Photoshop for post-processing.