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Sanjay Gangal is the President of IBSystems, the parent company of AECCafe.com, MCADCafe, EDACafe.Com, GISCafe.Com, and ShareCG.Com.

CHK | Central Boathouse in Oklahoma by Elliott + Associates Architects

 
May 6th, 2016 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Elliott + Associates Architects

The connection of rowing, art and music contains surprising similarities such as rhythm, flow, and movement.  The goal was to create an architectural spirit that embodies the similarities shared by these three disciplines.  We hope you see the abstract connections in the architectural form and light.  Some connections are quiet and some connections are boldImagine a song inspired by rowing.  It would be a composition cooler than the far side of the pillow.

The river side building prow is marked by gold LED lights emphasizing form inspired by a rowing shell.  The concrete platform is within 10’ of the river’s edge, Image Courtesy © Gray City Studios (Scott McDonald)

The river side building prow is marked by gold LED lights emphasizing form inspired by a rowing shell. The concrete platform is within 10’ of the river’s edge, Image Courtesy © Gray City Studios (Scott McDonald)

The west elevation illustrates the gold glass “notes” and the connection between rowing, fine art, and music.  Simply summarized as rhythm, Image Courtesy © Gray City Studios (Scott McDonald)

The west elevation illustrates the gold glass “notes” and the connection between rowing, fine art, and music. Simply summarized as rhythm, Image Courtesy © Gray City Studios (Scott McDonald)

Design Features: 

  1. Metal skin to match other boathouses.
  1. Windows as notes in a musical score . . .
  1. Jazz Lab stage in the riverside window with the River as the background . . .
  2. Black out shades on glass
  3. Removable stage
  4. Space remains multi-purpose for meetings and music
  5. Performer access
  6. Functions 17,909 SF
  7. Art gallery
  8. Jazz Lab at 116 seats
  9. Offices, reception, concessions
  10. Work out room for 20 erg rowing machines
  11. Green Room / small conference 
The east elevation is parallel to a river inlet allowing rowing shells to access the river via a concrete ramp.  The inlet size allows for a 60’ long boat to maneuver.  The open beam frames Downtown.  The gold “notes” are rhythmically placed on the façade, Image Courtesy © Gray City Studios (Scott McDonald)

The east elevation is parallel to a river inlet allowing rowing shells to access the river via a concrete ramp. The inlet size allows for a 60’ long boat to maneuver. The open beam frames Downtown. The gold “notes” are rhythmically placed on the façade, Image Courtesy © Gray City Studios (Scott McDonald)

The sculptural building prow incorporates symbolic lines as if ripples in the water.  A surprising overlap of two gold window “notes” make the interior volume known, Image Courtesy © Gray City Studios (Scott McDonald)

The sculptural building prow incorporates symbolic lines as if ripples in the water. A surprising overlap of two gold window “notes” make the interior volume known, Image Courtesy © Gray City Studios (Scott McDonald)

Architectural Concept: 

  1. Connect the beauty, grace and power of rowing with the lyrical notes of jazz music…
  1. To create a memorable, one-of-a-kind experience on the River . . . a destination.
  1. Integrate fine art on canvas and paper with the sculptural qualities of the rowing shells combined in an atmosphere filled with emotional sounds . . .
The north entry façade glows like a porch light awaiting guests, Image Courtesy © Gray City Studios (Scott McDonald)

The north entry façade glows like a porch light awaiting guests, Image Courtesy © Gray City Studios (Scott McDonald)

The north façade includes the main building entry and the boat storage entry.  The sloping façade suggests movement, ripples, and the flow of water, Image Courtesy © Gray City Studios (Scott McDonald)

The north façade includes the main building entry and the boat storage entry. The sloping façade suggests movement, ripples, and the flow of water, Image Courtesy © Gray City Studios (Scott McDonald)

Jazz Lab: 

  1. Functions
  2. Extension of Edmond Jazz Lab.
  3. Imagine using the outdoor terrace seating and the dock as stage for an outdoor concert.
  4. Space can be used for business meetings, classroom, athlete training . . . uses are endless. Must have flexibility of space, storage and lighting.
At 6 am the river is glass as the sun arrives on the horizon.  The boathouse “floats” in the water.  The Boathouse District has become a great place for family entertainment and healthy play, Image Courtesy © Gray City Studios (Scott McDonald)

At 6 am the river is glass as the sun arrives on the horizon. The boathouse “floats” in the water. The Boathouse District has become a great place for family entertainment and healthy play, Image Courtesy © Gray City Studios (Scott McDonald)

The main lobby has north facing glass. Late afternoon sun creates linear shadows that are referential to rowing, painting, and music (racing lanes, painted lines, and musical instrument strings), Image Courtesy © Gray City Studios (Scott McDonald)

The main lobby has north facing glass. Late afternoon sun creates linear shadows that are referential to rowing, painting, and music (racing lanes, painted lines, and musical instrument strings), Image Courtesy © Gray City Studios (Scott McDonald)

  1. Performance space acoustics
  2. Rob Rogers, our acoustical engineer, is part of our team. 3D modeling has been used throughout the process in order to ensure premiere performance venue acoustics.
  3. The concept is to provide an acoustically tunable space to provide a broad spectrum of acoustic environments suited for a variety of performance styles and types.
  4. Space is live with the exterior glass shades in open position.
  5. Lowering shades will provide a medium range of sound dampening.
  6. Acoustic ceiling pocket shades can be lowered to further dampen the room.
  7. Music venue facts
  8. Table and chair seating for 120.
  9. Cocktail party capacity is 329 (standing). (code max)
No detail is without opportunity.  The moiré cable wall, structural members, and  Sayl Chair from Herman Miller relate to one another, Image Courtesy © Gray City Studios (Scott McDonald)

No detail is without opportunity. The moiré cable wall, structural members, and Sayl Chair from Herman Miller relate to one another, Image Courtesy © Gray City Studios (Scott McDonald)

The art gallery and boat storage spaces are placed side by side to illustrate their connection.  Track lighting and blue atmospheric lighting create universal space, Image Courtesy © Gray City Studios (Scott McDonald)

The art gallery and boat storage spaces are placed side by side to illustrate their connection. Track lighting and blue atmospheric lighting create universal space, Image Courtesy © Gray City Studios (Scott McDonald)

Rowing, fine art, and music are intertwined within the building.  Visual references overlap and connect rowing with music, Image Courtesy © Gray City Studios (Scott McDonald)

Rowing, fine art, and music are intertwined within the building. Visual references overlap and connect rowing with music, Image Courtesy © Gray City Studios (Scott McDonald)

The Performance Hall space looking south towards the “nose.”  The river provides a beautiful backdrop for performances and music, Image Courtesy © Gray City Studios (Scott McDonald)

The Performance Hall space looking south towards the “nose.” The river provides a beautiful backdrop for performances and music, Image Courtesy © Gray City Studios (Scott McDonald)

Polished concrete floors bring the river inside the space.  A gold glass “note” moves as the sun changes position.  As stationary, reflected, and direct light, the gold glass “notes” add an ever-changing kinetic energy to the space, Image Courtesy © Gray City Studios (Scott McDonald)

Polished concrete floors bring the river inside the space. A gold glass “note” moves as the sun changes position. As stationary, reflected, and direct light, the gold glass “notes” add an ever-changing kinetic energy to the space, Image Courtesy © Gray City Studios (Scott McDonald)

Performance Hall looking west with acoustical sound trap wall on right.  The polished concrete floor connects the inside to the river outside.  One gold glass “note” is visible.  “Notes” appear, move, change and disappear during the day capturing the kinetic energy within the space, Image Courtesy © Gray City Studios (Scott McDonald)

Performance Hall looking west with acoustical sound trap wall on right. The polished concrete floor connects the inside to the river outside. One gold glass “note” is visible. “Notes” appear, move, change and disappear during the day capturing the kinetic energy within the space, Image Courtesy © Gray City Studios (Scott McDonald)

The translucent shades create soft lighting and ghostly shadows along the perimeter edge.  The undulating sound trap wall allows the space to be “tuned.”  Blue fluorescent lights add a romantic quality to the space.  One gold “note” is visible. “Notes” appear, move, change and disappear during the day capturing the kinetic energy within the space, Image Courtesy © Gray City Studios (Scott McDonald)

The translucent shades create soft lighting and ghostly shadows along the perimeter edge. The undulating sound trap wall allows the space to be “tuned.” Blue fluorescent lights add a romantic quality to the space. One gold “note” is visible. “Notes” appear, move, change and disappear during the day capturing the kinetic energy within the space, Image Courtesy © Gray City Studios (Scott McDonald)

Performance Hall detail of building “nose.”  Ceiling panels provide acoustical tuning and obscure acoustical surfaces, Image Courtesy © Gray City Studios (Scott McDonald)

Performance Hall detail of building “nose.” Ceiling panels provide acoustical tuning and obscure acoustical surfaces, Image Courtesy © Gray City Studios (Scott McDonald)

The afternoon sun projects ever-changing gold “notes” onto the floor. “Notes” appear, move, change and disappear during the day capturing the kinetic energy within the space. The glass at the floor line suggests the building is buoyant, Image Courtesy © Gray City Studios (Scott McDonald)

The afternoon sun projects ever-changing gold “notes” onto the floor. “Notes” appear, move, change and disappear during the day capturing the kinetic energy within the space. The glass at the floor line suggests the building is buoyant, Image Courtesy © Gray City Studios (Scott McDonald)

The Boat Storage Room is lighted as if the space is a pinhole camera.  One gold  “note” illuminates the entire space. “Notes” appear, move, change and disappear during the day capturing the kinetic energy within the space, Image Courtesy © Gray City Studios (Scott McDonald)

The Boat Storage Room is lighted as if the space is a pinhole camera. One gold “note” illuminates the entire space. “Notes” appear, move, change and disappear during the day capturing the kinetic energy within the space, Image Courtesy © Gray City Studios (Scott McDonald)

Image Courtesy © Elliott + Associates Architects

Image Courtesy © Elliott + Associates Architects

Image Courtesy © Elliott + Associates Architects

Image Courtesy © Elliott + Associates Architects

Image Courtesy © Elliott + Associates Architects

Image Courtesy © Elliott + Associates Architects

Image Courtesy © Elliott + Associates Architects

Image Courtesy © Elliott + Associates Architects

Image Courtesy © Elliott + Associates Architects

Image Courtesy © Elliott + Associates Architects

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