Boathouse, University of British Columbia, Vancouver-Richmond
Architect: McFarland Marceau Architects Ltd.
The distinctive form of the boathouse was a deliberate step away from the typology typical of boathouses built in the past century. Rather than drawing inspiration from historical precedents, the design was inspired by elements of the sport of rowing. The curved shapes and repeating modules of the building speak to the rowing motion and to the form of the rowing shell, and the building, like the rowing shell, sits lightly on the water leaving little impact on the surrounding environment.