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Storm Bay, Kenora, Unorganized, Ontario P0V, Canada: Guertin Boatport by 5468796 Architecture
Guertin Boatport by 5468796 Architecture

The Guertin Boatport is a two-storey, open-air floating dock and fixed boardwalk located on Storm Bay in western Ontario.

Guertin Boatport by 5468796 Architecture

The main level provides two sheltered boat stalls while the upper floor serves as an informal lounge space and viewing deck.

Guertin Boatport by 5468796 Architecture

Occupying a permanent position along an isolated stretch of the shoreline, the boatport accommodates shifting site conditions in order to provide a year-round amenity for the client.

Guertin Boatport by 5468796 Architecture

The project is composed of fragmented vertical planes clad in reflective materials that scatter and redirect light off the lake’s surface.

Guertin Boatport by 5468796 Architecture

Perforated metal walls protect against wind and filter views while still allowing for extended sightlines of the bay and the surrounding Canadian Shield.

Guertin Boatport by 5468796 Architecture

The boatport is accessed by an extruded aluminum plank boardwalk that follows the profile of the rocky shore. Flexible, hinged joints accommodate the rise and fall of water levels, as well as the freeze and thaw cycles of ice.

Guertin Boatport by 5468796 Architecture

The structure consists of custom designed, cold-formed steel C-channels, pressure treated joists and composite decking.

Guertin Boatport by 5468796 Architecture

The upper deck is lowered around its edges to keep the lake view clear and unobstructed by the stainless steel cable guards.

Guertin Boatport by 5468796 Architecture
Guertin Boatport by 5468796 Architecture

Location: Storm Bay, Canada Architect: 5468796 Architecture Size: 3000 sqft + boardwalk Year: 2011 Client: Withheld

3.8/10 (720)