Kayak Kayak Canoe by Geoff Christou
and Nick Savage


Following our recent story about a canoe store in the Spanish countryside, here's a rather different solution to the same problem located on a farm in Ontario, Canada, designed by architecture students Geoff Christou and Nick Savage,

Called Kayak Kayak Canoe, the project includes storage space for two kayaks and a canoe, suspended from a corrugated canopy and balanced by a container for paddles, life jackets and folding furniture.

Christou and Savage made the structure using materials they reclaimed from a collapsed barn on the site.

Here's some more information from the designers:


Nick Savage and I recently completed Kayak Kayak Canoe, a kayak and canoe storage structure.

Our clients gave us the opportunity of designing and building a home for two kayaks and a canoe along with a storage space for paddles, life jackets and folding chairs on a beautiful site adjacent to a lake on a farm property.

The columns, beams, corrugated metal, and cables are all reused from a collapsed barn located on the property.

The project was completed by two individuals in seven days with a final material cost of 350 dollars.

Geoff Christou and Nick Savage
This project was completed in August 2009 outside of Parry Sound.
Privately Commissioned.

Posted on Monday February 1st 2010 at 4:58 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Man

    what the f?

  • That’s understatement!


  • roger

    great! lovely bit of simplicity

  • jed_

    not a bad idea but poor execution. the roof isn’t even level.

  • Me respect this solution

  • starving

    excellent. really really good. I have experience working with recycled materials very similar to what you had available and, as I’m sure you now know, it is no easy task. simple. superb.

  • Chuck Norris wears Nick Savages Beard.

  • hitmeafly

    Thats a real balance design statement

  • cool!

    what kinda stupid comment is that about the roof not being level?
    since when should roofs be level?
    also that’s like complaining that a hand drawn line is not straight…

  • will

    amazing craftsmanship! the attention to detail really sets this project apart from all the rest.

  • will

    ps: i think there’s a typo in the article; it says ‘clients’ when it should say ‘parents’

  • angry catalan

    I think it’s kind of weird that the intention was to do something cheap and quick you could build using recycled materials but they chose a structural solution which involves a huge cantilever and cables. It’s still pretty cheap and light, though, but it’s a strange design choice.

  • angry catalan

    Also I’m guessing this is not on a windy area? Because this looks like it’ll have huge problems with horizontal loads.

  • tluke

    the advantage of non-horizontal roofs is that rain runs off them, due to the wonder of gravity.

  • angry catalan

    However leaking is not an issue here and the surface is small enough to consider rain loads irrelevant. Plus the roof is not steep enough to avoid snow loads, which I’d worry about, given this is in Canada and the structural system is rather shaky.

  • iain

    this is a great bit of design, simple and does what it needs to without fussing about or making it into some huge dramatized hep of a structure, and it is made out of recycled materials which makes it even better.

    love it.