龙 舟 的 房 子

2019 Newhouse- Advanced Architecture: Dragon Boat Racing Facility

Define

I titled my boathouse 龙 舟 的 房 子 (lóng zhōu de fáng zi)which in Mandarin translates to "house of dragon boat". Fáng zi means house, and this translation has a warmer context in regards to the dragon boats. I used this, because dragon boat races are important in Chinese culture, and I believe referring to the storage space as a home for the dragon boats shows more reverence for the tradition. Dragon boats are highly revered in Chinese culture, because the dragon is a symbol of power, strength, and good luck for people who are worthy of it in East Asian culture

Collect Info

Before diving into the brainstorming of our projects, we took a study trip to WMS Boathouse. Most of us had not actually seen a boathouse, so we explored the storage system WMS used and also their reception area. We then took a trip to Ping Tom Park in Chicago's Chinatown. We listened to the history of Chinatown and explored the current boathouse in the park.

Brainstorm Ideas

For my boathouse, I wanted to incorporate some elements of Chinese culture in the architecture. I looked at the geometric designs of the Ping Tom Park Boathouse and a book of ancient Chinese designs in architecture. I noticed a lot of geometric patterns, and the one that caught my eye the most was series of rectangles that were different sizes.

Develop Solutions

The current boathouse in the park is small, and it definitely would not be able to fit dragon boats. I made sure that I created a large enough space dedicated just for the dragon boats. I also found an efficient racking system for the boats. There is an engineering company called GripSport, and they created "Dragon Boat Lift and Stack machines". Dragon boats are about 45 feet long, so GripSport created these machines, because "dragon boats are simply too heavy to lift manually and there was just no space for basic racking and a forklift truck".

Final Design

The final design of 龙 舟 的 房 子 (lóng zhōu de fáng zi) is a balcony and an area to store the boats. There will be a movable walkway (similar to what's in an airport) connecting from my boathouse to the field house. People will not have to walk all the way across the park and they can enjoy the view of the park on the way over. Although it is not seen in my design, there will be a rolling ramp from the garage to the dock. It will make unloading the boats an easy and fast task.