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Tog Studio completes Tiree Boathouse

[FIRST LOOK + DRAWINGS + DATA] Students from the Tog live-build project have built a boathouse on the Scottish Isle of Tiree

The community boathouse was completed in one week as part of a summer school for architecture and engineering graduates.

The boathouse, named ‘The Noust’, a Viking word for a shelter where boats would be hauled in the winter, was delivered for the Tiree Maritime Trust. The trust which preserves the  traditional boat building and restoration techniques of Tiree’s culture, will use the timber framed boathouse to house several of their boats.

Last year the group built a lighthouse on the island, which is also home to Edinburgh-based Sutherland Hussey Architects’ 2003 Stirling Prize shortlisted Tiree Ferry Shelter. 

The architect’s view

Michael Holliday, founder director of Tog Studio:

The project was built in one week by a team of architecture and engineering students who wanted to gain practical on-site experience. Students came from every university school in Scotland and were tutored by Tog Studio and Duncan Roberts, a self-build expert in the Walter Segal method of construction.

The design features a ply box portal frame which was CNC routed at MAKLab and partially pre-fabricated on the mainland before being delivered to site. This curves at the knee and apex to give the feeling of being inside an upturned boat. The curved ridge also references the vernacular black-top felt roof from the island.

Vertical board-on-board larch cladding, supplied by Russwood, was fixed to the walls and Marley Eternit Profiled 6 fibre cement sheeting to the roof. These were chosen for their durability and robust aesthetic. The wall and roof cladding were installed with expert on-site assistance from Russwood and Marley Eternit respectively. Stainless steel fixings and sliding shutter ironmongery were specified to cope in the harsh marine environment.

Tog Studio Boathouse

Source: Neil Boyd

Project data

Location Isle of Tiree
Type of project Community Boathouse
Client Tiree Maritime Trust
Architects Tog Studio
Structural engineers Tog Studio & Fairhurst
Main contractor Tog Studio
Selected subcontractors and suppliers Russwood and Marley Eternit
Funding Tiree Community Windfall Fund
Start on site date 22/06/13
Completion date 29/06/13
Gross internal floor area 36m2
Total cost Private

Source: Sebb Hathaway

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