Aure Boathouse, Norway: Møre og Romsdal

Aure Boathouse, Norway: Møre og Romsdal via upknörth

The boathouse is a cultural and historical hallmark of Norways coastal regions, where fishing used to be the primary profession. They have traditionally been used for storing boats and fishing gear, but today many of them are being converted for recreational summer use. This particular boathouse is located on the outermost reaches of the Moere-coast, and it hails from the middle of the eighteenth century. It was in such a bad state that the owner decided to tear it down and build it anew. The simplicity of the old building, its good placement and honest use of materials would become key sources of inspiration for the design of the new building. 

Aure Boathouse, Norway: Møre og Romsdal via upknörth
Aure Boathouse, Norway: Møre og Romsdal via upknörth
Aure Boathouse, Norway: Møre og Romsdal via upknörth

The disclosed and somewhat unavailable location made material-reuse very desirable. Old windows from a nearby farmhouse were collected and sorted while 150 year old materials from the old boathouse was used to clad some of the indoor surface.

Aure Boathouse, Norway: Møre og Romsdal via upknörth
Aure Boathouse, Norway: Møre og Romsdal via upknörth
Aure Boathouse, Norway: Møre og Romsdal via upknörth
Aure Boathouse, Norway: Møre og Romsdal via upknörth

The cladding is made from Norwegian pine, pressure treated using a product based on environmentally friendly biological waste from the production of sugar (Kebony). The outer layer needs no maintenance and in time it will give the boathouse a silvery grey patina. The gates in the south facade turns around a steel rod pivot and creates a sheltered outdoor area. The backlit cotton canvas gives a comfortable light, while the steel roof of the old boathouse protect the gates from the wear and tear of a harsh climate.

The building remains true to the historical and cultural heritage of Norways coastal regions while catering to new modes of usage.

Built by TYIN tegnestue Architects