Community Rowing Boathouse / Anmahian Winton Architects

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Architects: Anmahian Winton Architects
Location: , MA, USA
Principal in Charge: Alex Anmahian
Project Managers: Nick Winton, Todd Thiel
Project Architect: Sydney Schremser
Project Team: Joel Lamere, Makoto Abe, Aaron Stavert, AIA, Mazen Sakr, Garth Goldstein, Andrew Plumb, AIA, Julia Davis, AIA, LEED AP
Civil Engineering: Stantec
Marine Structural Engineering: Childs Engineering Corp.
Structural Engineering: Richmond So Engineering
MEP/FP Engineering: RW Sullivan Inc.
Landscape Architects: Stantec
Lighting: LAM Partners
Project Area: 30,000 sq ft
Budget: $11.45 M
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Mike Champion, Peter Vanderwarker, Jane Messinger/Anmahian Winton Architects, Sydney Schremser/Anmahian Winton Architects

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The Harleston Parker Medal is awarded each year to “the single most beautiful building or other structure” built in the metropolitan Boston area built in the past 10 years. Anmahian Winton has achieved this with its innovative and sustainable design for the Community Rowing boathouse in its first year of eligibility.

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Since opening last year, the CRI project has enjoyed an unprecedented level of public interest and acclaim largely due to its innovative design. The building has had an immediate impact on the mission, image, and visibility of CRI. Membership in CRI has doubled since the building opened, and the project has reinvigorated a neglected stretch of public land as an active public park for an underserved urban neighborhood. The Executive Director reports that both the staff and membership feel that they are making a positive contribution to the riverfront and the city of Boston.


The design of CRI seeks to expand the vocabulary of rowing facilities on the Charles River by exploring abstract commonalities between rowing and architecture, and by engaging relevant regional precedents outside the realm of boathouse antecedents, such as tobacco barns and covered bridges.

As a site strategy, a long narrow footprint is divided to engender a public court that establishes both a visual connection to the riverfront, as well as a functional connection to the boathouse: a public invitation to the Charles River and CRI.

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Enhanced occupant comfort and a significant reduction in energy consumption are achieved by the natural light and ventilation coming into the building through louvers, bi-folding operable vents, and glass shingles. While each type of cladding satisfies functional needs, their experiential effects are more varied: The surface of the building is intended to transform with one’s movement around the building, not unlike the rhythmic punctuations in the fluid medium of the river.

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Robert Campbell, FAIA wrote in the Boston Globe, “the architecture of the exuberant new Community Rowing Boathouse in Brighton is such a joy. This is a building that is happy to look, fresh, new, democratic and up-to-date… This is one of the best new pieces of architecture in Boston.”

Products in this project

Bathroom Equipment: Zurn, Symmons, Elkay, Toto

  • Water closets by Zurn
  • Shower System by Symmons
  • Faucets by Elkay
  • Lavatories by Elkay
  • Urinals by Toto
  • Faucets by Zurn
  • Lavatories by Toto

Facades: Kawneer North America, Prodema, Mandate Erectors

  • Metal/glass curtainwall by Kawneer North America
  • by Prodema
  • Structural system by Mandate Erectors

Floor: Dal Tile

  • Tile by Dal Tile

Joinery: Centria, Wilson Door Company, Schüko , Extech Exterior Technologies, Kawneer North America, Wayne Dalton/Moulton Custom Doors of Vermont, Dorma, de la Fontaine Industries, Inc.

  • Insulated-panel or plastic glazing by Centria
  • Upward-acting bi-fold doors by Wilson Door Company
  • Window: Aluminium by Schüko
  • Special doors (oversized swing doors below balconies) by Extech Exterior Technologies
  • Sliding doors by Schüko
  • Entrance Doors by Kawneer North America
  • Special doors (overhead door) by Wayne Dalton/Moulton Custom Doors of Vermont
  • Window: Aluminium by Kawneer North America
  • Sliding doors by Dorma
  • Metal Doors by de la Fontaine Industries, Inc.

Kitchen Equipment: Haws, Fiat, Chicago Faucets

  • Drinking fountains by Haws
  • Utility sink by Fiat
  • Faucets by Chicago Faucets

Lighting, Heating, Home/building automation: Lightolier, BK Lighting, Alkco, Lithonia, Bartco, Bega

  • Interior ambient lighting by Lightolier
  • Exterior lightning by BK Lighting
  • Task lighting by Alkco
  • Interior ambient lighting by Lithonia
  • Interior ambient lighting by Bartco
  • Exterior lightning by Bega
  • Downlights by Lightolier

Mobile Partitions/Suspended Ceilings/Raised Floors: Ecophon, PPG, Armstrong

  • Acoustical ceilings by Ecophon
  • Glass by PPG
  • Suspension grid by Armstrong

Roof: American Hydrotech, Inc.

  • Roofing by American Hydrotech, Inc.

Staircases, Elevators, Moving walks: Kone Elevators

  • Elevators/Escalators by Kone Elevators

Structures: Fabrizio Woodworking

  • Cabinetwork and custom woodwork by Fabrizio Woodworking

Walls: Dal Tile , Sherwin Williams, Tnemec

  • Tile by Dal Tile
  • Paints and stains by Sherwin Williams
  • Paints and stains by Tnemec

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