One of the next, and most crucial, parts of the renovation process is designing the new structure that will go on top. I have been mulling this over for a while but was clearer on what I didn’t, rather than did, want. Ultimately not that much help when talking to an architect.
I was pointed by Toby the welder in the direction of Tom Kundig, an American industrial style architect who does a lot of work with steel and glass. Turns out I LOVE LOVE LOVE his stuff and think that elements of this style will be perfect for the boat.
One of the recurring elements in his designs are whole walls the lift or swing to open up and to give access to the outdoors. When combined with the overhanging roof, I think this will be perfect for the boat.
While a lot of what makes these designs are the overall structure and materials, both of which play out on a grand scale, there is still a great attention to detail. Exposed trunking and industrial light fittings, a stainless steel kitchen, a wood burner and even a window for the dog to keep watch from.
I am pretty confident that this style will be both appropriate for the existing structure of the boat and also stand the text of time. Just look at the computer monitor in the following picture – the only element that dates it.