Hyde Park Boathouse

(London 2008 £600,000)

In the heart of London’s Hyde Park, this 200sqm Boathouse encloses a kiosk, a souvenir shop and the operational facilities for the Serpentine Lake boat hire company.

Sympathetic to its highly visible location in one of the Royal Parks, the building of steel and timber is modular in design, allowing off-site fabrication to minimise the construction period in one of London’s most visited public places, and the site of many events, including the London 2012 Olympic Triathlon.

Measures for passive environmental control were actively sought and include: an exposed concrete floor that retains heat through the winter and is shaded from summer sun by projecting timber louvres; a band of operable windows below the eaves that provide cross-ventilation, as well as visually separating the roof from the main volume of the building; finally, capitalising on the opportunity provided by  the lake, a water-source heat pump that provides additional heating and cooling.

Francis Scott of Zero Zero was responsible for the initial architectural concept that secured the client’s twenty-year lease from the Royal Parks. The project was then developed by Hopkins Architects, who completed the  outline design and obtained planning approval. Detailed Design and documentation was a collaboration between Francis and Graham Ford of Graham Ford Architects.