10 "See Worthy" Boathouses Around the World

Boathouses exist to keep pleasure craft safely out of the elements, but they also can also be beautiful, architecturally arresting structures, havens for boats and people alike. We've rounded up 10 of the finest.

  1. Whimsy in the Woods

    Lattice Boathouse

    Tucked away in a tree-covered corner on a lake in Victoria, Australia, this boathouse’s latticework exterior adds mystery to an already picturesque spot. The shadows of the lattice play on the water, intensifying the boathouse's romantic appeal.


  2. Intelligence Design

    Modern Boathouse

    Inspired by James Bond films, the boathouse portion of this home is intended to mimic a cave. This element alone is reminiscent of 007but the electric winch that hoists the speedboat up toward the ceiling really clinches the connection.


  3. Breezy Retreat

    Boathouse Plan

    For the water lover who just can’t get enough, a boathouse equipped with a room up top lets you stay on the water even after your boat has been docked. Screened panels on three sides capture cooling breezes. If that's not good enough, the panels open out like wings so you can go jump in the lake!

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  4. A Material Change

    Copper Boathouse

    The copper panels and lumber planks of this boathouse by MHM Architects blend seamlessly now, but as they age, the materials will take on different patinas. The building will visually evolve over time as the wood weathers to gray and the copper oxidizes to turquoise.


  5. Lakeside Sustainability

    Solar Boathouse

    Solar heat input and exchange of the site’s lake water contribute to this futuristic boathouse’s sustainable design. In warmer months, the black granite mass conceals the owner’s boat within, all while soaking up ample summer sun.

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  6. Glassed-In Garage

    Boathouse Door

    Garage doors aren’t just for concealing cars. These operational glass doors let you keep your eyes on the action while you're taking a break indoors, and they ensure that no one parks in your waterway.

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  7. Modern Reflections

    Modern Boathouse

    This hard-angled, crisp-lined boathouse employs reflective materials to encourage interaction between the structure, water, and light. Hinged joints in the boardwalk and base accommodate the water’s movement.

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  8. Contemporary Cottage

    Boathouse Design

    This two-story boathouse by Altius Architecture contains everything one could need for island living. Docks and two boat slips form the lower level, while the second is filled by bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen, living area—and a generous sundeck, of course.

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  9. Hanging Out With the Boats

    Three-Boat Garage

    For a true boat enthusiast, the height of luxury is a three-boat garage merged with a living area. Warning: Extensive waterproofing required.


  10. Green Haven

    Green Boathouse

    For this boathouse's cladding and decking, LSI Architects used Accoya wood, a technologically modified, highly durable wood product, as a defense against the location’s high potential for flooding. Other elements amping up the structure's sustainability? Photovoltaic panels and a ground-source heat pump.


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