At this park located on Tampa Bay, we provided design services for a combination community building/boathouse facility. As the building would host a variety of activities, we devised a flexible plan which accommodates a diverse program of educational and social events, in addition to storing a range of vessels, including single, double, and quad sculls. Keeping both Florida’s extreme climate and the relaxed aesthetics of its vernacular architecture in mind, we identified a high-performance palette of hurricane-resistant cladding, sun-shield options, and passive flood-control technologies. The broad, sloping roof of the boathouse collects water and channels it to a storm water garden, slowing it and facilitating its collection for irrigation use. The same principles of sun and water control informed the design of the other ten buildings planned for the park: in addition to the boathouse, the program includes restrooms, maintenance building, and shade pavilions.
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