The concept of site PERMEABILITY is created through the impact of the building. The boat house serves as a membrane that separates the boater and the beach people while the central space is a space that both of the site users both inhabits. The building becomes a threshold for both parties. The concept of permeability is also embedded in the building itself. There are four elements that are used together to help establish a language of permeability. These elements are the open areas, the semi-solid walls, the glass and the frame of the building. The frame in the boat house shifts as it allocates different levels of permeability. For example, as one enters the complex, one is engulfed by the frame and is brought into the “spine” of the building, that circulates in the building as on follows the open space. The glass is another feature of the site, where as one looks through the highly reflective glass, reflections and transparency helps create a semi-permeable experience. The semi-solid walls allows light to penetrate the boat bays and other semi public area to create an experience of shadow and penetration. At night, the illuminated structure becomes a lantern and light that penetrates out helps bring the site experience to the people that pass the site at night. The columns in the open area of the building help to establish a border area that one penetrates as they walk towards their destination of the beach or the boathouse. Lastly, the landscaping of the trees follows the grid of the site and it helps create a thicker membrane as one approaches the boat launch dock.

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