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Community Rowing Boathouse

Boston, MA United States


Project Description

When the only public-access rowing club on Boston’s Charles River required a new facility, Anmahian Winton Architects saw a chance to modernize the vocabulary of local rowing structures while taking inspiration from antecedents such as covered bridges and tobacco barns.

The team developed three types of functional cladding for the project. At the main boathouse, an assembly of composite panels with operable vents allows for natural ventilation. Patterned louvers on the south face mask mechanical vents, offer privacy for locker rooms, and induce natural cooling. At the adjacent sculling pavilion, glass shingles—held in custom extruded and fabricated aluminum clips—protect, ventilate, and display the smaller boats.

“It’s very rustic; it’s a hard environment, and they somehow softened it,” commented juror Cristobal Correa.

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Project Details

Community Rowing Boathouse
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Project Team:
    Alex Anmahian; Nick Winton; Todd Thiel; Sydney Schremser; Joel Lamere; Makoto Abe; Julia Davis; Aaron Stavert; John Paul Dunn; Garth Goldstein; Andrew Plumb; Mazen Sakr; Munira Fleyfel; Aaron Bruckerhoff;
  • Civil Engineer: Stantec 
  • Landscape Architect: Stantec 
  • Waterfront Structural Engineer: Childs Engineering Corp 
  • Structural Engineer: Richmond So Engineers 
  • Mechanical Engineer: R.W. Sullivan Engineering 
  • Electrical Engineer: R.W. Sullivan Engineering 
  • Plumbing Engineer: R.W. Sullivan Engineering 
  • Fire Protection Engineer: R.W. Sullivan Engineering 
  • Geothermal System: Harriman 
  • Sustainable Systems Analyst: Green Roundtable 
  • Cladding Systems Fabricators: Extech Exterior Technologies 
  • Lighting Designer: Lam Partners 
  • Envelope Consultants Wiss: Janney 
  • Envelope Consultants Wiss: Elstner Associates 
  • Envelope Consultants Wiss: Richard Keleher Architect 
  • Contractor: Consigli Construction Co. 
  • Photographers: Mike Champion 
  • Photographers: Jane Messinger 
  • Photographers: Peter Vanderwarker 


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