A boatshed is what they call a boathouse Down Under, like in Auckland, New Zealand where this home is located.
Built on a compact urban site, a stone’s throw from Takapuna Beach, the home is comprised of three-stepped gables of these black ‘boatsheds’ whose sliding forms reveal a solution beyond the standard connotations of a home.
The house is built on a corner, right beside a three-story home, and it required a different mindset to make the small lot work as a fairly large, open three-bedroom, three-bath house.
To that end the architects designed the housie to open and close, in response to weather, with walls that lift, fall, slide, fold, shut down or disappear.
The house can be closed off, as need be, or opened up as weather and the number of guests dictate.
Not your Daddy’s boathouse, this one.