Nick McGough designed this boathouse during his first year in Diploma Unit 5 at Oxford Brookes.
The structure rises from the existing towpath on a bank of the Isis, stretching more than 200m in a gentle arc. The boats are stored on floating pontoons under the arc, with fibreglass pods at either end. The roof comprises a walk-on surface of fibre-reinforced polymer composite with a transparent polyurethane non-slip bead coating.
This surface is supported by a randomised steel space-frame from which uplighters wash both the structure and the surface in blue light.