Humble boathouse replacement project in More og Romsdal, Norway utilises existing materials with outstanding results
This beautifully simple boathouse in the remote Aure Kommune region is the work of local Norwegian architects TYIN tegnestue. Commissioned to replace an outdated and broken-down boathouse, the design studio embarked on a mission to reuse as much physical material from the existing building as possible.
As a result, the modest property is a simple yet effective design with concrete walls and footings offset by repurposed wooden shutters from the previous structure. These shutters are complimented by exterior cladding in Norwegian pine impregnated with a by-product from the sugar cane industry (Kebony) which over time will fade to a subtle ash-grey hue.
The TYIN tegnestue team also reused window panes from the client’s farmhouse in the construction of this isolated boathouse, partially for sustainability’s sake but also due to the shielded and inaccessible location of the building site, making transportation of construction materials troublesome.
Traditionally used as a seasonal base for storage of boats and fishing equipment, this boathouse stands out for its potential as a shelter for recreational use throughout the year. In the summer the shutters - with cotton canvas-covered lighting systems - can be thrown open, creating an indoor/outdoor space for the owner to relax, whilst in the winter the space transforms into a cosy, if sparse, retreat.
This flexibility was crucial to the success of the project as TYIN tegnestue Architects admit: “A flexible process, which allowed onsite design reactions, has been essential to the result.”