A NEW BOATHOUSE FOR BUFFALO BAYOU
The Houston Bayou System, a crucial water system in East Texas, is home to an annual regatta for kayaks. A boathouse placed on the edge of the bayou provides facilities for the regatta and, on a daily basis, for the public and nearby private teams.
A structural system comprised entirely of linear 2x12 wood joists sheathed in plywood twists across planes and creates bays of program including a boat shed, training pools, offices and an auditorium. An aluminum shingling system features an offset corner that enhances the reading of this double-curvature structure. The boathouse provides a critical intervention by enabling its users to better see and access the bayou. The unique structural system brings them down towards the bayou, first visually and then physically.
Torquing surfaces can create new paths and flows through a site that would otherwise remain unrealized. The distinctive nature of these surfaces is their ability to cater to programmatic needs, changing in form to meet space and use requirements. A dynamic new relationship between the bayou, the site, and its community is realized through innovative use of this simple structural system.
ARCH 301 - Structure Studio | Fall 2016
Professor: David Costanza