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Fogo Island, Squish Studio – Saunders Architecture

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The Shorefast Foundation and the Fogo Island Arts Corporation has commissioned Todd Saunders to design a series of six artists’ studios on various Fogo Island locations. The organization is committed to preserving the Islanders’ traditions and aims at rejuvenating the island through the arts and culture.
The Fogo Island Squish Studio is located just outside the small town of Tilting on the eastern end of Fogo Island.  All six studios are autonomous – they do not rely on municipal water supply, sewer, natural gas, electrical power grid or similar utility services. In addition, to the building systems, the environmental impact of the construction was minimized by the use of local materials, which were largely transported to remote building sites by hand. 

The proportions of each studio are linear, and project their occupant to- wards the Atlantic Ocean via an obliquely slanted, full-height window that frames the horizon or the shoreline, depending on one’s position within the building. In all six studios, the intent was to sample and allude to local construction techniques: the spruce wood shell that cites the clapboard of the “outports”, or local fishermen’s houses; the stilt construction of Newfoundland’s waterfront fishing sheds; the proportions of the volumes and skewed frames, particularly in the case of the smaller studios. 

 

 

CREDITS:

Project architects: Todd Saunders with Attila Béres, Ryan Jorgensen, Ken Beheim-Schwarzbach, Nick Herder, Rubén Sáez López, Soizic Bernard, Colin Hertberger, Christina Mayer, Olivier Bourgeois, Pål Storsveen

Size: 30 m2
Location: Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Canada
Finalized:  2011
Photos :  Bent René Synnevåg

 

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