Ullswater Boat Club

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When time permits Thomas and Spiers Architects will take on Architectural design competitions.┬áThis RIBA competition entry was carried out in partnership with A-Zero Environmental Architects, and consultants, Price and Myers Structural Engineers and Academy Consulting Quantity surveyors. The brief, to design a new sailing club building for Ullswater Sailing Club in the Lake District. was created due to the current one having recently been flooded due to historically high flood water levels. The challenge was to design a building that would cover future inundations whilst also creating a coherent environment for sailing club members and social visitors. The water is the elemental connection, the building stretches and reaches over the lake, anchored to the land by a steel truss, fixed alongside solid local dry stone walls whilst the central timber circulation deck connects to a floating building – one that responds the the environmnent, lifting as the flood waters rise and gently settling as the waters recede. The surrounding landscape and sky is reflected in the rhythm of the roofs, braced against the SW winds, collecting autumnal rains and orientated south to absorb the summer sun.