Upon completing the main house, I was asked by the client to design a boathouse for the recently acquired property to the north. I reached out to Damien Blumetti, who worked on the original house for Guy Peterson, and together we designed this exposed steel frame structure. We wanted to take all that we learned from the construction of the main house and use it to inform us what to do and what not to do. In addition we strongly considered environmental factors as an impetus for the design. The primary move was to shield the building from the intense sun by designing an operational perforated metal skin in order to reduce the solar load. These are operated via the attachment of the 1/2" panels to the frame of hydraulic garage doors. High performance coatings, especially truck bed liner material allowed us to expose the steel frame, which then lead to surface mounted electrical and other utility connections.
At the end of the day we discovered that the building had similarities to Rudolf's Walker Guest House- operational sun shields, exposed frame, simplified palette and program.