Boathouses by Adam Mornement

Format: Hardback, 176 Pages
ISBN: 9780711228689
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
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The allure of the boathouse defies definition. To some they're a place to loaf about with friends on a summer's afternoon, to others they're secret bolt holes, the waterfront equivalent of a garden shed. Some people even store boats in them.

Boathouses are found in countless contexts around the world. But though disparate in form and appearance these structures built for the protection, construction and maintenance of boats are united by the natural beauty of their waterfront locations and the innovation required for their construction.

In this superbly illustrated book, Adam Mornement describes the history and evolution of some forty boathouses from around the world, from the mid-eighteenth century to the twenty-first. Following a wide-ranging introduction, his examples include ceremonial boathouses, lifeboat stations, military facilities, boathouses as mausoleums and eye catchers in the landscape, boathouses in public parks, and private writing rooms. Some are the work of famous architects, including Robert Adam, Frank Lloyd Wright, Renzo Piano and Shigeru Ban, but most are anonymous. Each in its own way embodies the adventure, charm and romance of this visually arresting and consistently surprising building type.
Format: Hardback, 176 Pages
ISBN: 9780711228689
Illustrations: 200 colour and b/w drawings, artworks and photographs
Size: 11.614 in x 0.458 in x 9.843 in / 295 mm x 11.63 mm x 250 mm


Botny domik, Peter-Paul Fortress, St Petersburg, Russia

Traditional South Sea Boathouses, Society Islands (French Polynesia), South Pacific

Fishing Room and Boathouse, Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire, England


Obersee Boathouse, Berchtesgaden National Park, Bavaria, Germany

Greenway Boathouse, Devon, England

The Dylan Thomas Boathouse, Laugharne, Carmarthenshire, Wales

Scotney Castle Boathouse, Kent, England

Wray Castle Boathouse, Ambleside, Cumbria, England

Haslar Gunboat Yard, Gosport, Hampshire, England

Sheerness Boatstore, Kent, England

Victorian Boathouse, Trevarno, Cornwall, England

Duke of Portland Boathouse, Ullswater, Cumbria, England

The Boathouses of Tigre, ParanĂ¡ Delta, Argentina

Boathouse Row, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Walmer Lifeboat Station, Kent, England

Reale Societa Canottieri Cerea, Turin, Italy

Lodge Park Sherbourne Estate, Gloucestershire, England

Clovelly Lifeboat Station, Devon, England


Ryoanji Boathouse, Kyoto, Japan

Frank Lloyd Wright's Fontana Boathouse, Buffalo, New York, USA

Humboldt Park Boathouse, Chicago, USA

Queenscliff Lifeboat Station, Victoria, Australia

Noah's Boathouse, Buckinghamshire, England

Oxford University Boathouses, Oxford, England

Carmel College, Wallingford, Berkshire, England

Maori waka and korowai, Waitangi, New Zealand

Arc, shelter for Alvar Aalto's boat, Muuratsalo, Finland

Northbridge Boathouse, Sydney, Australia


Fussach Bootshaus, Vorarlberg, Austria

Lake Austin Boat Dock, Texas, USA

Minneapolis Rowing Club, USA

Muskoka Boathouse, Ontario, Canada

Maritime Youth House, Copenhagen, Denmark

Centre d'Interpretation du Canal, Pouilly-en-Auxois, France

Porter Boathouse, University of Wisconsin, USA

Tenby Lifeboat Station, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Plinio Torno Sports Club, Lake Como, Italy

Chesapeake Boathouse, Oklahoma, USA

Luna Rossa Team Base, Valencia, Spain

Floating Boathouse, Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada

Louise-Catherine, Paris, France


A select list of specialist boathouses builders and consultants

Contact details for boathouses to visit featured in this book