Fogo Island, Squish Studio / Saunders Architecture

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Fogo Island, Squish Studio / Saunders Architecture


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Fogo Island, Squish Studio / Saunders Architecture

Squish Studio
Tilting, Fogo Island, Newfoundland

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 Cul- tural Landscape
District of Canada.
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. The compact, trapezi- um-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.

Fogo Island, Squish Studio / Saunders Architecture

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. 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 cabi- netry. 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
imme- diacy of the sea and, on some days, observe the dramatic shift of the island’s
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. 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.

Fogo Island, Squish Studio / Saunders Architecture

Shorefast Foundation and the Fogo Island Arts Corporation
Saunders Architecture – Bergen, Norway
Team architects:
Attila Béres, Ryan J?rgensen, Ken Beheim-Schwarzbach, Nick Herder, Rubén Sáez López, Soizic
Bernard, Colin Hertberger, Christina Mayer, Olivier Bourgeois, P?l Storsveen, Zdenek
Associate Architect:
Sheppard Case Architects Inc. (Long Studio)
Structural Engineer:
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