The RIBA Award-winning University College boathouse has become an iconic building on the banks of the Thames. It replaces an earlier boathouse, and contains rowing and social facilities as well as residential accommodation.
The building was the subject of lengthy planning negotiations, and successfully tackles issues including building on a flood plain and protecting wetland habitats. Rowing and the riverside location were key influences: the long copper roof suggests the keel of an upturned boat, and cuts through the sky like an oar through water. Deep eaves provide shelter for rowers and spectators, and carefully positioned lightwells bring daylight into the heart of the building.
At ground floor, brick offers structural strength and security, and contrasts with the lightness of the roof. A central void brings light and views of the surrounding landscape into the core, and creates an airy circulation space. The glazed clubroom on the first floor offers views of the river and events taking place below.
Boathouses/Adam Mornement magazine – 2010
The Oxford Times – 26th March 2009
The Civic Trust Awards publication – March 2009
Plan magazine – December 2008
Thames Guardian newspaper – Winter 2008
Architects Journal RIBA Awards publication – 3rd July 2008
Plan magazine – May / June 2008
Architecture Today magazine – April 2008
Boathouses/Clare Sheriff – 2008
Architecture and Detail magazine – 2008
Berthon magazine – 2008
Building Design magazine – 14 December 2007
The Oxford Times – 1st June 2007
Detail Magazine – June 2006
The Oxford University Newsletter 2006
The Oxford Times – 24th June 2005
The Oxford Times – 13th May 2005
Building Design magazine – 6th May 2005