Saunders Architecture, the Bergen-based practice established by the Canadian architect Todd Saunders has recently completed this awe-inspiring Long Studio, one of six artist studios designed for the Shorefast Foundation on Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Canada. Located within the spectacular scenery of Canada’s remote Fogo Island, the 120-square-meters structure ‘will house two parallel programs run by the Fogo Island Arts Corporation‘; a residency program aimed at international contemporary artists of various disciplines and a production program which will focus on workshops, art projects, seminars and exhibits in partnership with professionals of different backgrounds.
From Saunders Architecture:
‘The following building is a selection of six artist studios we have designed for the Shorefast Foundation on Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Canada. The project is the basis for an Arts Residency Program starting in 2010. Studios will be built in remote settings on Fogo Island and traditional Newfoundland homes in various communities will be restored to become artists’ residences. Artists will come from around the world to live and work in the area for months at a time. ‘
‘The idea behind the forms of the various studios was to create a bold geometric structure to starkly contrast, yet lay silently in the striking natural environment. The main concept behind the layout of the artist studios was to observe the surrounding environment during its transition through the various seasons in which the studios will be in use: spring, summer and fall. ‘
‘The studios are all oriented towards the sea and elevated above the ground to provide the resident artist with a feeling of being unobstructed and unbound. The materials and construction methods chosen reflect that of the local architecture of Fogo Island. The environment will leave its marks on the studios by weathering the structures over time. All studio are 100% off-the-grid and produce their own power and recycle of of their own waste. ‘
‘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.’