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Fosters to work for free on New York charity boathouse

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Foster + Partners has agreed to draw up pro-bono plans for a new 1,300m² boathouse for nonprofit youth organization Row New York

The landmark boathouse will provide new enlarged facilities for the 15-year-old charity which delivers a competitive sports and academic support programme to young people from ‘under-resourced communities’ across the city.

The London practice is working for free on the northern Manhattan project along with local studio Bade Stageberg Cox. Concept images of the flagship new boathouse are expected to be unveiled in the autumn.

Practice founder Norman Foster said: ‘I was immediately intrigued by the opportunity to design a boathouse for Row New York, an organisation that seeks to transform the lives of individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and capabilities.

‘I am compelled by the challenges and opportunities that this boathouse – particularly one with such intensive and diverse uses – presents, both for the city and its citizens.’

Row New York founder Amanda Kraus said: ‘We have always admired Foster + Partners’ work, and when we had the opportunity to be connected with Lord Norman Foster, it immediately felt like a natural fit.

‘We admired Lord Foster’s vision for the project and his approach to design in general, and he was intrigued by the opportunity to design a boathouse with such diverse and active usage.’

The new facility will feature a learning centre with two ‘state-of-the-art’ classrooms along with five boat bays that can accommodate up to 60 boats and kayaks for public use.

It will be constructed a short distance from Row New York’s existing boathouse between the Sherman creak Nature trail and Riley Levin Children’s Garden in Inwood, north Manhattan. 

Row new york aerial view

Row new york aerial view

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