22 Exterior Boathouse Design Photos And Ideas

Blackened timber clads the boathouse.
“We wanted to make a delicate mark on the landscape, without blending into it outright,” says Andersson.
Cedar slats help this Ontario lake house float soundly atop still waters. Photo by: Raimund Koch
The Tatami House is located in a floating community in the south of Amsterdam near the Olympic Stadium.
Ducks swim close to the windows.
The project was reconstructed from an old houseboat that was anchored in the sailing club in Smichov.
This full-fledged floating house was designed with features that are meant to live comfortably year-round.
“Water Villa” features a sunken floor below the water and an atrium at the centre of the house that connects the children's rooms in the basement with the ground floor living and dining room.
Created as a prototype for a serial production, Port X was designed by architects Jerry Koza and Adam Jirkal, along with engineer Tomáš Kalhaus from Atelier SAD.
Lisbeth Juul and Laust Nørgaard drew upon their years of experience living on the water to design and build an 860-square-foot floating home in Copenhagen Harbour. The home’s minimal form and furnishings reflect the residents’ desire to downsize following three years on land.
A team from the University of Coimbra in Portugal designed 'Floatwing'
In Hamberg, Germany, Houseboat on the Eilbekkanal is enveloped in sliding timber slats, creating a constant connection between the interior and the exterior.
On the edge of the lake is a boathouse with a kitchenette and roof terrace.
The couple plan to add a kitchen garden to the platform just below the terrace that connects to the kitchen.
Made of black anodized aluminum with stainless steel hinges, the home’s warehouse-style windows are designed to withstand corrosion. No wood was used on the exterior except for the dock, called a finger pier, which allows access to the front door and the couple’s boat. The home looks out onto downtown San Francisco, with AT&T Park visible from the main deck.
“By creating high ceilings with large windows, the feeling is all about space and light,” says architect Robert Nebolon, principal of Berkeley firm Robert Nebolon Architects. The 2,100-square-foot floating house was built on land in six months before settling into its final location in Mission Creek.
“The house’s narrow footprint works for us in terms of maximum exposure to the lake,” says Gibbs (shown here with son Blake and dog Max on the shore of Lake Iosco). Glass walls and doors by Andersen also mean that Gibbs can keep a close eye on Blake when he’s playing in the yard. A plinth of reused bedrock found on the property has become an unintended place for active play.
A bothouse in Georgian Bay, Ontario, by Weiss Architecture & Urbanism Ltd. is clad in black-stained resawn cedar.
A Norwegian boathouse. Photo Courtesy of Pasi Aalto / TASCHEN #cabin #boathouse

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