Changing points of view

Triangular shapes give this canoe base and hangar a dynamic form which changes in appearance depending on where it's viewed from

Designed by INOONI, PSBA

Photography by Bartosz Dworski

From the architects:

The canoeing base in Augustów, Poland is the implementation of the winning concept of an architectural competition to create a water sports center - a canoeist base - and the overall development of the neighboring recreational areas.

The project was divided into several stages, with the canoeing base the first of them.

The new development of Błonie on the Netta River is still to be built, including a multifunctional sports field, pump track, playground and places for citizens and tourists to get some rest.

The Water Sports Center includes two facilities: a canoe base and a hangar for boats with a platform. The Canoeist Base is a one-storey building with a triangular appearance.


The flat roof has a slight slope in the longitudinal direction. The varied height it contains has a reflectional function. It is higher in the warehouse and workshop part and lowers in the rest of it.

Its characteristic form has associations with movement and dynamics.

The sloping walls create distinctive arcades, highlighting the entrances and framing the views.

The building's appearance changes depending on where it is viewed from.

The dynamic form of the object allows access from a mini stand into the roof of the hangar, where the observation deck is located.

The outside of the building is finished with natural Siberian larch boards. Their horizontal arrangement emphasises the dynamics of solid and the natural colours help it to merge with the surrounding landscapes.

The roof of the canoeing base building was is an extensive, green roof. Interiors have been kept in a strict, minimalistic style.

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