Alex Cochrane Architects oversaw the comprehensive restoration and remodelling of a Victorian Boathouse overlooking the lake of Virginia Water in Windsor Great Park, Berkshire.
The top floor of The Boathouse, once the Royal Boat Keeper's lodgings, now serves as a spectacular retreat taking advantage of one of the most outstanding settings of the south east of England.
The ground floor maintains its purpose of housing boats with two large timber doors opening outwards onto the lake.
Contemporary design solutions were incorporated within the project, while traditional materials offer an atmosphere that might be expected in a retreat of a former age. The palette of materials remains restrained to underline the clarity and simplicity of the interior elements and the spaces.
Great attention was given to even the smallest of components. Bespoke solutions were provided for door handles, lighting, switches and even the toilet flush.
Very fine detailing and precision in the fabrication process was key in defining the purity of the interior elements.
The Boathouse is featured in the World of Interiors, May 2012 edition.