Boat Hangar

Boat Hangar is a contemporary utilitarian building, both subtly referencing and sharply contrasting the rich context of the historic NDSM shipyard.

exterior photo with evening light showing facade with circular window in steel cladding

BETA was charged with designing a utilitarian structure on one of the few remaining plots on the NDSM heritage site. It is used for storage, seasonal maintenance and the construction of new yachts. In addition the building offers office space and is occasionally in use for location theatre and other cultural events at the NDSM shipyard. The challenge was to find a suitable architectural language which would do justice to brief and context whilst fitting in a competitive budget.

photomontage showing position of Boat Hangar in historic photo of the NDSM shipyard

original image: Aviodrome Lelystad

Inspired by the adjacent NDSM shipbuilding warehouse, a similar structural logic was applied. The primary structure consists of a crane gantry, upon and around which a secondary lightweight structure is placed, defining the span of the building.

exterior photo showing reflections in rectangular window in currogated steel cladding

exterior dusk photo showing the office of Boat Hangar and the NDSM shipbuilding warehouse in the background

design collage with hangar doors open showing interior with boats

cross section drawing of Boat Hangar project by BETA office for architecture and the city

plan drawing of Boat Hangar project by BETA office for architecture and the city

exterior photo with NDSM shipbuilding warehouse in the front and BETA's Boat Hangar in the background

exterior evening photo showing reflections on currogated steel cladding

interior photo showing several yachts under repair in Boat Hangar by BETA

design collage showing architecture concept with contrast between Boat Hangar and shipbuilding warehouse

exploded isometric scheme of Boat Hangar by BETA office for architecture and the city

A gently sloping roof offers space to a total of 239 solar panels. These panels power a heat pump used for floor heating and cooling. Four skylights offer ample daylight for boat builders and craftsmen.

exploded isometric scheme of Boat Hangar by BETA office for architecture and the city

Alternating in direction and color, linear building components contrast the oxide-red steel structure. Full-height composite sliding doors offer flexibility in positioning yachts throughout the seasons.

exploded isometric scheme of Boat Hangar by BETA office for architecture and the city

Research into boat sizes, internal logistics, efficient spans and cost-effective building components led to an optimal 7.5 meter grid system.

exploded isometric scheme of Boat Hangar by BETA office for architecture and the city

The structural logic of the building is geared towards the efficient allocation of resources. As such, primary and secondary steel structures allow for an efficient distribution of loads.

exploded isometric scheme of Boat Hangar by BETA office for architecture and the city

On a foundation of 154 piles, an in-situ concrete floor of 1,350 square meters offers space to an office, boat racks for smaller vessels and an expansive open space for larger yachts.

animation of several architecture details of the roof edge

longitudinal section drawing of Boat Hangar project by BETA office for architecture and the city

exterior winter photo with circular window and red classic sailing boat

exterior photo with canopy, slender columns and timber sliding doors

exterior photo showing south facade frontal with circular window and picnic tables

The rigorous implementation of industrial materials creates a composition of lines and planes with a variation in scale, rhythm and color. The building is enclosed with different corrugated metal cladding; with their varying amplitude these offer an array of shadows and reflections on the building’s expansive surfaces. Two perforations – one circular, the other rectangular – offer reflections of the vicinity and reveal an internal world.

The seasonal nature of the building’s use means that internal logistics are to be reckoned with. Drawing upon the hangar archetype, three full-height sliding doors allow the full width of the structure to be opened towards quay and canal. This offers added flexibility in staging events and solving the logistical puzzle throughout the seasons.

exterior photo across Zijkanaal I showing boat hangar along the quay and NDSM shipbuilding warehouse in the back

exterior photo showing timber sliding hangar doors fully open with boats inside

interior photo showing timber finishing of office with boats in the foreground

interior photo showing how stairs fold around cirrcular window perforation

Project Details

YEAR

2016 – 2018

CLIENT

Rhebergen Multihull Yachts

SITE

NDSM shipyard, Amsterdam

STATUS

built

COMMISSION TYPE

full commission, project supervision

COLLABORATORS

Reijneveld (engineer), T.M. Laan Bouwkostenadvies (cost advisor), Gebatec+ (installations), Dijkham Bouw (contractor)

TEAM

Evert Klinkenberg, Auguste van Oppen, Jaro Cools, Eldrich Piqué

PHOTOGRAPHY

MWA Hart Nibbrig

Press

http://www.archdaily.com/
https://architectenweb.nl/
https://divisare.com/
http://www.domusweb.it/en/home.html
http://www.baunetz.de/
http://www.designboom.com/