This boat house is for the primary use of the public. It should not stand as a monument to boat storage, but to accommodate those who watch the boats in action. I am trying to create the maximum seating and viewing areas of the water, while tucking the boat storage away. The experience of the site should not be impeded upon by storage of these boats, but to provide the maximum amount of green space to the people.
Interior Perspective of Boat House
Diagrams - Form Finding
Angle defined by slope of Storrow drive exit
The bridge that connects the Back Bay grid to the Esplanade must have a maximum slope of 6%. This informed the angle of the bridge in order to clear the Storrow drive off-ramp
Finding the bridge edge condition
In order to find the edge condition of the bridge - Continually halving the grid between each new node until a connection is made between the Esplanade and the Back Bay
Cone of Vision Diagram
A 60 degree cone of vision from the Halfway point of a single block from the Back Bay grid and its tangent on the edge of the newly defined curve of the bridge.
The Boston Esplanades access is pushed away from the city grid, which makes the access to the site more dangerous - having to pass a highway exit before being able to enter a park, made for relaxation and allowing one to engage the waterfront.
Esplanade entry from the bridge
This section shows the entry from the Harvard bridge (Mass ave) - Access to the Esplanade is limited - The diagram on the right shows desired solution.
Diagrams - Site Analysis
Park Relationship to Urban Fabric
This diagram illustrates the relationships that the form has to the Back Bay. Gloucester street intersects with a monument to the Storrows and a very popular rectangular dock. Fairfield and Exeter streets define the shape of the lagoon by using two circles with the intersection in the middle of the circumference. These relationships occur in varying manners all along the Esplanade.
Section through the Back Bay to the waterfront
The allotment of green space to road is significantly reduced the more East one travels on the Esplanade - nearing the Harvard bridge.