“THIS BOAT HOUSE JUST WANTS TO HAVE FUN”
Defined by low undulating structures that mimic the flow of the Huron River, this Bandemer Park Boathouse in Ann Arbor redistributes two distant zones of gathering into a unified, intensified, activity-centric public realm. Its accessible roofs are energized by visitors who scale the structures which promote a variety of programmed and spontaneous activities. The linearity of the undulating roofs is playfully disrupted by "squiggles" which serve functional needs including boat storage, furniture, and skateboard rails. In effort to relieve a long-standing problem of conflicting use of space at the previous boathouse, a dock stretches the site and accommodates passive recreation.