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Brown + Brown Architects

Brown + Brown Architects

Aberdeen, United Kingdom

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Brown + Brown Architects - Portsoy Boatbuilding Centre

Brown + Brown Architects

A modern timber and glass building slotted inside a repaired stone outer skin.

Photographs by

Nigel Rigden


Interior

Interior 



Portsoy Boatbuilding Centre - Workshop

Portsoy Boatbuilding Centre - Workshop 



Boatbuilding Centre sitting within historic harbour

Boatbuilding Centre sitting within historic harbour 



Boatbuilding Centre entrance

Boatbuilding Centre entrance 



Teaching Space

Teaching Space 



Roof detail

Roof detail 



Built upon the ruins of a derelict building in Portsoy harbour, the new boatbuilding centre employs a minimal materials palette which sites within the reconstructed external stone skin. A primary Glulam structure creates a large industrial like space, which is lined in timber, creating a warm interior which contrasts with elements of exposed stonework. The building is used for the construction of timber boats, as well as for the teaching of the traditional skills involved to children and adults alike. The Scottish Traditional Boat Festival was not only the client, but it's volunteers also in part constructed and completed the project, allowing them to help shape the space which they now inhabit.

This project was partly funded by Aberdeenshire Council, CARS (a collaboration between Aberdeenshire Council and Historic Scotland), and the Aberdeenshire European Fisheries Fund.

This project recently won an ASA (Aberdeen Society of Architects) Design Award 2016 and has been nominated for a Scottish Design Award.

Word from the client

"Brown + Brown took a very difficult derelict site and have transformed it into our boat building and sailing education centre. The site has considerable constraints, and as a result meeting our requirements was always going to be difficult. Through imaginative design we have a building that fits with the historic context of the harbour, and combines modern design elements to an extremely high standard, while suiting our needs perfectly."