> this design. They also wanted to leave a
public passage along the river. So the boathouse
has huge hanger doors opening to the side,
rather than to the river like the other Boston
Believing that sustainable designs are simply
just good design, the architects have included
many environmental measures. “The site [used
for the boathouse] had been compromised,” says
Anmahian who describes it much like a waste
dumping ground. Now everything, from the
water running off the parking lot, is taken into
consideration. “The water management is pretty
thorough. We have retention swales that digest
the oils, etc., from the parking lot. The building is
set up for planting on the roof, a ‘green roof’.”
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The building is naturally ventilated through the
wall shutters. There is also a geothermal well for
heating and cooling. Indigenous grass seeds
have been planted to restore the surrounding
area to what it would have originally been.
“All of this had to be elegant,” says Anmahian.
Autumn tree colours were chosen, reflecting the
most beautiful time of year along the Charles
River and ventilating glass shingles put the boats
on public display to exhibit their beauty.
Anmahian Winton Architects have received two
honours for the design.