Norwegian Boathouse by TYIN Tegnestue Architects

Perched on the outermost reaches of the northwest coast of Aure, Norway, sits ‘Naust Paa Aure.’ Designed by TYIN Tegnestue Architects, this boathouse replaces a rundown eighteenth century boathouse, reusing the original materials.

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Naust Paa Aure by TYIN tegnestue

Naust Paa Aure by TYIN tegnestue

Photographer: Pasi Aalto

The boathouse is a cultural and historical feature of Norway’s coastal regions, where fishing used to be the primary profession. The design of this particular boathouse was inspired by the simplicity of the original building, its placement, and honest use of materials. Maintaining the traditional boat and fishing gear storage spaces, the new boathouse is comprised of shutters that can be swung upwards, offering shelter on the adjacent deck, welcoming a cool breeze into the singular interior space. The building’s foundations rest directly upon the bedrock. Treated Norwegian pine is used as cladding, needing no maintenance and in time will give the boathouse a silvery grey patina. 150-year-old panels from the old boathouse are used to clad some of the internal surfaces. Windows were salvaged from a nearby farmhouse and used with other repurposed materials to retain the boathouse’s historic character.

Material use, construction methods and detailing were guided by rationality and an overall adaptable design approach giving the boathouse its distinguished architectural features, staying true to the history and culture of Norway’s coastal regions.