I ran across this today while I was going through my RSS feeds and I’m completely blown away! This is a kayak pavilion created by Architecture Research Office in Beacon, New York. It’s 2,700 square-foot total and utilizes flat corrugated steel for the roofing that sits on top of steel and aluminum grille racks that can hold up to 64 rental kayaks and canoes. The structure also has a changing room and a small storage area as well.
I’m completely in love with this design. It’s simple, clean, efficient and relatively cheap; all while providing an excellent low impact structure that doesn’t compete with the river views of the area. What I love most about this is that it’s a simple and elegant solution for a common problem with river, lake and ocean rental companies: storing goods while keeping the local scenery intact. This design is almost transparent in it’s environment and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to create. The boats are secured inside a structure that keeps them easily accessible while also providing a safe storage solution. The over sized wooden platform provides a great place to sit and have a spot of lunch between trips, dips right into the river to shove off and also helps the structure blend into the scenery. This is a perfect example of what my professors pounded into my head in design school: smart, clean and high impact or to keep it simple, stupid!