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Squish Studio / Saunders Architecture

  • 01:00 - 27 April, 2012
Squish Studio / Saunders Architecture
Squish Studio / Saunders Architecture, © Bent René Synnevåg
© Bent René Synnevåg

© Bent René Synnevåg © Bent René Synnevåg © Bent René Synnevåg © Bent René Synnevåg +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Canada
  • Associate Architect

    Sheppard Case Architects Inc. (Long Studio)
  • Team Architects

    Attila Béres, Ryan Jørgensen, Ken Beheim Schwarzbach, Nick Herder, Rubén Sáez López, Soizic Bernard, Colin Hertberger, Christina Mayer, Olivier Bourgeois, Pål Storsveen, Zdenek Dohnalek
  • Client

    Shorefast Foundation and the Fogo Island Arts Corporation
  • Area

    130.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs


© Bent René Synnevåg
© Bent René Synnevåg

The Squish Studio is located just outside the small town of Tilting on the eastern end of Fogo Island. First settled in the mid-18th century, Tilting is known for its strong Irish culture and its recent designation by Parks Canada as a National Cultural Landscape District of Canada.

© Bent René Synnevåg
© Bent René Synnevåg

The Squish Studio’s white angular form, sited on a rocky strip of coastline, that could rival Italy’s western coast, offers sharp contrast to the traditional vernacular architecture of the nearby picturesque community of Tilting. As its architect, Todd Saunders, has commented on the studio’s siting, “...it is out of sight, but close.” The approach to the front entry of the studio is dramatic, as the most southern end of the studio rises twenty feet above the ground, in sharp contrast to its most northern tip that measures only half that dimension.

© Bent René Synnevåg
© Bent René Synnevåg

The compact, trapezium shaped plan of the studio is augmented by the extension of the east and west exterior walls to create a sheltered, triangulated south entry deck and a north terrace that overlooks the ocean. From a distant view, the streamlined form of the Squish Studio becomes apparent with its high back and low (squished) front designed, in part, to deflect the winds from the stormy North Atlantic.

© Bent René Synnevåg
© Bent René Synnevåg

As we approach the entry of the studio we are greeted by Silke Otto-Knapp, a London-based artist and the first occupant of the Squish Studio. As Silke brings us through the studio, the spatial compression of the tall and narrow entry area gives way to the horizontal expanse of the main room. The downward angled roof leads the eye to the full height oblong glass window focused on a splendid view of Round Head.

elevations
elevations

The vertical white planks that line the interior walls are interrupted by a playful series of narrow windows integrated with an expanse of built in cabinetry. Silke’s quick figurative studies on paper are posted on the walls, as well as, several large scale canvasses. She is delighted to work in such an architecturally inspired space, especially when it is stormy and she can experience the immediacy of the sea and, on some days, observe the dramatic shift of the island’s weather.

© Bent René Synnevåg
© Bent René Synnevåg

The Squish Studio, like most of its other counterparts, is equipped with a compost toilet, a small kitchenette and wood-burning stove. Power is supplied by stand- alone solar panels, mounted on an adjacent hilltop. Both the interior and exterior of the studio, including the roof, is clad with spruce planks that are painted white.

© Bent René Synnevåg
© Bent René Synnevåg

At night, the studio, illuminated by the soft glow of its solar-powered lighting, appears as a lantern or a lighthouse placed strategically on a rocky cliff to over- look the North Atlantic. In its isolation, one can also imagine a sole occupant, vulnerable but protected from the elements – inspired to work late into the night, occasionally distracted by the crash of the waves, or perhaps, fully immersed in the work at hand, the first glimpse of the sunrise through the Squish Studio’s slot windows that face the north-eastern horizon.

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39 Comments

archIKAR · October 19, 2012

Actually the building says a lot: I am here, I am extraordinary, take a look at me, come to me. But the message seems contradictory to its function: private studio...

Drew Robinson · July 04, 2012

@jordanbrock Nice. Check this one http://t.co/jhZifqpO on Fogo Island, Newfoundland http://t.co/9nVJWtRN

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AllAboutDoor&Windows · April 29, 2012

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Nicholas Patten · April 28, 2012

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Backslash · April 28, 2012

"Architecture made by SketchUp". Like all of Saunders works, it doesnt say anything.

Ben M · May 15, 2012 03:52 PM

it's not trying to say anything - and doesn't need to

Ben M · May 15, 2012 03:45 PM

it's not trying to say anything - and it doesn't need too.

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Feipe Grallert · April 28, 2012

It is difficult to understand why someone wanted to comment such a beautiful project with such a banal, outscaled and agressive words ?
In the first place, there should be absolutelly nothing said at all !

isla · April 28, 2012

It is difficult to understand why someone wanted to comment such a beautiful project with such a banal, outscaled and agressive words ?
In the first place, there should be absolutelly nothing said at all !

architect · April 28, 2012

It is difficult to understand why someone wanted to pollute such a beautiful scenery with such a banal, outscaled and agressive architecture ?
In the first place, there should be absolutelly nothing built at all !

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