Named the Fishing Hut, the wooden structure provides a place for the client to his store boats and fishing tackle, but also functions as a shelter and meeting place for local anglers during the summer fishing season, between April and September.
The intermittent use of the building provided the starting point for the design. McLaughlin – an Irish architect based in London – wanted the structure to be completely open to the elements when in use, but secure and weatherproof for the rest of the year.
“It is closed for much of the year and opens up for the fishing season, so it had to be a closed and protected agricultural shed, but then also a pavilion for fishermen to look out over their grounds,” the architect told Dezeen.
The opportunity to build a cabin over the water presented itself in 2011. The banks of the lake had deteriorated and silt had built up, so it was drained to allow repairs to be made. So at the same time, 18 concrete pad foundation were cast on the lakebed.
A steel frame was then built over the foundations, providing support for a timber floor and a glue-laminated oak superstructure. Oak panels line the interior, while the pitched sof2od roof is covered with a more durable layer of aluminium.
“I imagined a fisherman rowing across to the building on a misty morning,” explained McLaughlin.
“The exterior oak will have weathered to grey,” he continued. “But as the shutters open up, they will be warm gold on the underside and they will be doubled by a reflection in the still water.”
A loft provides storage spaces for boats, freeing up the main floor to accommodate a kitchen and dining space, a small reception space and a toilet. There is also an external shower and a covered mooring.
Niall McLaughlin Architects is based in Camden, north London. Other projects by the studio include an elliptical stone chapel near Oxford and a house in southern Ireland built from Irish blue limestone.
The Fishing Hut was completed in late 2014. It has since won the RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize 2015, which awards projects built for less than £1 million, and recently picked up first prize at the annual Wood Awards.
Photography is by Nick Kane.
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