Tiree Boathouse

  • Community & Tog Studio Live-Build
  • Isle of Tiree
  • June 2013 - June 2014

Roots Design Workshop were part of the team who delivered a community-owned Boathouse on the Isle of Tiree. The project was led by Tog Studio, who hosted a live-build summer school. This meant the Boathouse was built by architecture and engineering students who wanted to gain first-hand experience of building a real project. The Boathouse was built during two week-long summer schools.

It was important that the project didn’t just look like a big shed but rather a boathouse from the Isle of Tiree. The primary design move to achieve this is the curved frame and ridge; externally this references the traditional Tiree black-top roof whilst internally the structure was imagined as an upturned boat. The ply box portal frame was prefabricated by MAKLab. The structure was clad with vertical board-on-board larch and profiled roof sheeting.

More details about this project, including a film, can be seen at the Tog Studio website.


Project Team

Client:  Tiree Maritime Trust
Lead Architect, Structural Engineer and Live-Build Tutors:  Tog Studio


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