This small but highly serviced building is on the waters edge in Northland and is a base for farm holidays. The interior aesthetic is ‘mid Pacific’ with large scale furniture and clearly defined interior space and as with the other Northland houses the materials are selected to avoid maintenance and to weather softly becoming part of the seashore.
The canopy was added to the Boathouse to provide shelter from intense summer sun, rain showers and allow entertaining to continue through the tempestuous weather our narrow isles enjoy. The combination of highly polished tapering Jarrah arches and the stainless steel brackets suggest a little of the romance of timber yacht technology and soften the sharper line of the fabric and perimeter steel beams. The laminated beams allow considerable loads involved in the tensioning of the fabric to be transferred to the perimeter beams, achieving a low-rise volume free from internal supports.