You know when an Italian motorcycle manufacturer commissions a private boathouse, it's gonna be pretty slick! Nestled along the shores of Lake Como -- a favorite summer spot among the rich and famous since antiquity -- this retreat, built by ACT Romegialli for Moto Guzzi, doesn't disappoint. The complex is divided into two distinct gabled volumes—one pavilion for storing the rowing shells and oars, and the other for athletic training and multipurpose events. The pavilions are low-slung to preserve the stunning views across the lake and to accommodate the length of rowing shells, which can extend past 60 feet! In classic Italian fashion, the brilliance of the boathouse is in the simplicity of the design. A single ribbon window extends the length of the public pavilion, framing the expansive vista. Ash-colored hardwood floors reflect light throughout the interior space, contrasted by the deep shadow lines produced by the deep revels along the ceiling. Throughout the complex, ACT Romegialli’s attention to detail and materiality is clearly apparent, from the formed concrete tympanums to the additional exterior cladding of creeping vines. See more of this project in the Architizer database here.
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