Richmond Rowing Club

Client

Richmond Rowing Club & Methodist Ladies' College

Completed

2014

Location

Boathouse Drive, Melbourne, Victoria

Budget

$ 1.9 million

Areas

Architecture
Interior Design

Located on the banks of the Yarra River, the new extension of the Richmond Rowing Club creates an elegant bookend to the iconic recreational rowing shed precinct.

Jointly funded by the Richmond Rowing Club and Methodist Ladies’ College, FMSA was engaged to design the additions, doubling the existing footprint of the original 1960’s brutalist style concrete structure.

The new ‘wing’ incorporates expanded boat and equipment storage at ground level, with a new flexible space providing spaces for training, education and functions on the level above orientated around an outdoor deck overlooking the Yarra River and Melbourne City skyline.

Delineating between the past and the present, the new addition is characterised by the striking timber battened exterior and ‘jewel box’ effect created by the glazing on the upper level. The concrete-and-glass balcony ties together the original and the new, with the terrace providing much-needed outdoor space to take advantage of both the northern light and the unrivalled views of Melbourne.

Internally, the basket weave style plywood ceiling designed by FMSA in the previous refurbishment is continued across the new addition, contrasting the concrete block work and glazing.

The new Richmond Rowing Club addresses the city, the gardens and the river to create a subtle architectural expression of rowing and the sporting culture.

Photographer: Latreille Architectural Photography

Positioned as a bookend to the rowing precinct, the new Richmond Rowing Club addresses the city, the gardens and the river to create a subtle architectural expression of rowing and the sporting culture.

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