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Fogo Island Long Studio / Saunders Architecture

  • 01:00 - 13 December, 2010
Fogo Island Long Studio / Saunders Architecture
Fogo Island Long Studio / Saunders Architecture, ©  Bent Rene´Synnevåg
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From the architect. Introduction

Fogo Island lies outside of Newfoundland, Canada and is home to a gentle, independent people who have lived for centuries between wind and waves in pursuit of fish. Fogo Islanders live in the untamed landscape of the North Atlantic. The people are subtle and unpretentious yet have seen their traditional way of life by threatened by forces largely beyond their control.

©  Bent Rene´Synnevåg
©  Bent Rene´Synnevåg

Fogo Island is an elemental place of subtle and abiding beauty – a place where time is not obliterated by the circulation of everything. Its people are inextricably bound to this place where they belong. They are a culturally rich and resourceful people who live in close connection with each other and with their people who have come before.

©  Bent Rene´Synnevåg
©  Bent Rene´Synnevåg

The Shorefast Foundation works with the people of Fogo Island to find ways to preserve this special place and this special culture. We have chosen to find new paths by leading with the arts. We want to create structures that respect where we’ve come from and dignify this landscape that is so fragile yet so fearsome. We want structures that touch our imaginations and help maintain a connection between our past and our future.

©  Bent Rene´Synnevåg
©  Bent Rene´Synnevåg

The Long Studio

The concept of the long studio responds to the transition of the seasons. The studio is organized in a linear from that consists of three different spaces. An open but covered area representing the spring marks the entrance to the studio and the beginning of the seasonal activity. The central portion is left open and mostly exposed to be fully immersed in all that is offered by the long summer days on Fogo Island. The end and main body of the studio is fully enclosed to provide an area of protection and solitude from the outside environment while still providing a connection to the landscape through a strategically framed view of the dramatic surrounding.

©  Bent Rene´Synnevåg
©  Bent Rene´Synnevåg

The long linear structure of this artist studio maximizes the amount of open wall and floor space. Large windows at either end and a skylight on the roof of the studio allows the maximum amount of natural light to flood the space. We have made one of the walls 1m deep to house storage, toilets and washbasins, with doors that are flush to the wall, thus avoiding any visual distraction inside the space.

©  Bent Rene´Synnevåg
©  Bent Rene´Synnevåg

The studios are placed on pillars at the end towards the sea, while the entrance area has a small concrete foundation for anchoring the construction to the landscape. With this type of construction, the studios can be placed in almost any place on the island. In addition, this allows for the studios to be pre-fabricated in a local workshop during the winter months, and then placed in the landscape in the spring.

©  Bent Rene´Synnevåg
©  Bent Rene´Synnevåg
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Fogo Island Long Studio / Saunders Architecture" 13 Dec 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/95325/fogo-island-long-studio-saunders-architecture/>
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carles agelet de saracibar · April 02, 2011

it's a pity the building seems to have just one way on regards on views and promenades. in any case its wonderful way of sitting on the place and how it grows from rocks.

pi A · April 02, 2011

sembra davvero perfetto..

galleryviolette · March 04, 2011

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Amy · February 04, 2011

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Rodrigo · January 29, 2011

Nice project. I immediately got referenced to a very old Siza work that i really love. "Casa de Chá da Boa Nova"

Peter Rogers · December 22, 2010

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kroon van diest · December 20, 2010

Bijzonder wonen op een bijzondere plek!!! http://t.co/0Hm4NQa via @archdaily

Whillyan Barros · December 18, 2010

Projeto bem bacana no Canadá http://bit.ly/eCopi1 #arquitetura

MD-Concept · December 17, 2010

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Manuel Sá · December 17, 2010

Se viajar é procurar. E morar, o achado. Não paro. http://www.archdaily.com/95325...

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HuangMing Tan · December 16, 2010

Fantastic architecture. I would very much like to fuck off to this house for a year, please. http://is.gd/iPdAm

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Clint Gunter · December 16, 2010

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Barbour · December 16, 2010

check the #Archdaily link @ the bottom of #Gizmodo article; gives more details of house on Fogo Island. http://bit.ly/eCopi1 #newfoundland

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Justin Daab · December 16, 2010

This is where I would like to disappear to for a few decades. You know, to record my next hit album. #architecture http://bit.ly/eCopi1

Simon Roberts · December 14, 2010

Very cool, doesn&#39t look real in it&#39s context: http://j.mp/fTfFWh

alex raynes-goldie · December 14, 2010

loving the beachiness of this studio in Newfoundland - looks like my fav wellington weatherboard houses! http://t.co/ZqPlKzA via @archdaily

Dariusz · December 14, 2010

Nobody thinks that the lighting is an after-thought? I understand using a course material for the artist studio concept, but continuing this into the Kitchen cabinets. There must have been a cleaner, neater way to do this. I must be imagining the lines drawn on the cabinets, right? Beautiful building nonetheless, but only a few components.

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Josh · December 14, 2010

I'm a little bit torn on this one. Overall it is a great project and I like how it gently touches the rocks, but at the same time I'm wondering if something embedded may have been the way to go.

My main critique of the lightly touching the rocks is that the space beneath doesn't seem usable from the pictures. I would love to sit underneath the building mass on the end that faces the water to greet the morning sun.

wpgmb · December 14, 2010 10:53 PM

that's how they build on the coast of newfoundland. way less energy required to build over the rocks rather than in. you don't use the space underneath when it's so wet and windy.

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Andrew · December 14, 2010

absolutely stunning photography.

great sense of space and place. composition of elements. beautiful.

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blk · December 14, 2010

why the hell would anybody build something there?

KIRILL BROSALIN · December 14, 2010

IT'S PERFECT! LANDSCAPE+ARCHITECTURE
BIG RESPECT TO YOUR STYLE, IT'S CLEAR & SIMPLE!

Martin · December 14, 2010

Very nice, off course with these surroundings it's a joy to design (and hard to mess up). The wooden interior gives a nice beachy ambiance, very appropriate to it's environment.

Scott · December 14, 2010

I like that it rests gently on the rocks, as if it were another rock that landed on the landscape. I hope the design protects some of those outdoor spaces due to the high winds the climate there lends to.
The interior lends itself to the carving method used that continues itself to the outside, or carries itself from outside to inside - making the space between inside and out blurred. One of the consequences from a finish perspective of formally making the space feel like a single volume carved out. Good project over all.

Cane · December 14, 2010

beautiful project!

@ Dariusz: you first design and build something equivalent, and then you might come up like the "i-know-it-all-better-boy", boy.

Dariusz · December 14, 2010

Looks great a first approach, nice concept, simple shape and love the black vs white. But I want to ask why would you want to clad an interior, quite modern kitchen and living space in that wooden cladding? It's quite horrible and not an interior material at all.. At least not the way it was made. Fortunately I am not a fan of that lighting on the interior? was there 5 minutes to gather lighting and just install it? Just horrible! Yuck!

LynGordon · January 07, 2011 03:46 PM

Seems the discussion got a bit derailed here. Instead of describing it as horrible and not interior material, and instead of responding "ad hominem", putting Dariusz experience and mind into question, I want to know *what* it is you don't like about the cladding.

Is it the size of the boards? The white paint? I love the project as a whole, but I'm not such a big fan of the wide, dark stripes between the boards. At first I didn't recognize the cladding as wood, and it turned me off a bit. I think they should be closer together, both for aesthetic reasons, but I'm also conserned that moist and dirt will collect in the groves between the boards.

Andrew · December 16, 2010 06:55 AM

This is a question of cultural differences, Dariusz. I am going to guess that you're Polish?

The architecht, Saunders, lives in Norway, and in Scandinavia wood is a common material for both interiors and exteriors.

Canada and Norway have much in common, especially in terms of climate.

I think you're just narrow minded and lack experience. You should try to understand that other people have different legitimate views.

Danny · December 14, 2010 01:43 AM

As an art studio I think the materials are a good choice.
If the finishing is too fine it might restrain the work at hand :) There’ll be spilt paint, saw dust, and noxious fumes - scrapes and dents. It would be easy to mistake this for a cottage…but it's not.

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