Stage 1 of a proposed house project, the boatshed provides boat storage, gear loft, fishing shed and day room while the house design is advanced. A separate living/sleeping platform was constructed in parallel on the adjoining hill site such that the client family could more easily camp on site during the summer.
All of this had to occur within strict local authority guidelines limiting any use of a boatshed to just that - boat storage and associated activities - which the client group fully embraced. An existing Resource Consent predetermined a silhouette for the shed that formed the basis for a new design.
The clients’ desire to open the entire perimeter during the day became the major driver in moving away from a timber framed structure and its associated constraints. A galvanized steel primary structure (4 x portals and intermediate frames) was developed, allowing off-site prefabrication and eliminating bracing walls.
Gas-strut operated cedar shutters open the boatshed to light and views when in use. Integrated insect screens and internal storm shutters provide additional layers of protection from the environment. Pivoted boat access doors open to the north; a sliding service door and a sliding shutter open to a fish filleting bench at the rear of the shed.
Infill panels of dark stained cedar shiplap cladding complete the modules between exposed portals and the interior is lined out in dark stained marine ply. A wide eave standing seam zinc roof spans the structure.
NZIA Jury Citation
Principal and Executive Director
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