When Architects Design Boats

When Architects Design Boats

Boats offer delightful distractions for a surprisingly large number of architects. So many in fact, that there seems to be something about boats that appeals specifically to those trained in architecture.

Perhaps it has to do with the challenge of overcoming the static condition of terrestrial construction and gravity, boats’ high level of precision engineering and dynamic aesthetic, or just the shared purpose of protecting people from the elements. Either way, the lure of the open seas is irresistible to the likes of Le Corbusier, Aldo Rossi, Greg Lynn, and countless others.

This edition of Architecture with Stewart takes a close look at some of these architects, their boat-related work, and it looks at some other architects working with aquatic designs including Kunle Adeyemi and the +Pool.


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Cite: Stewart Hicks. "When Architects Design Boats" 17 Sep 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/968321/when-architects-design-boats> ISSN 0719-8884

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