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– This is an artist’s studio that is rented out, but they know almost as well privately owned houses, “says the architect-architect Todd Saunders..
One thing is that the small buildings have sleeping and cooking facilities, but equally important is that they are in an incredibly inspiring nature on Fogo Island just north of Newfoundland, says the local architect who has designed a number of special projects as well here in Norway.
Among other things, an extremely clean villa at Bergen and an extension that houses incredible features on a small area. A wooden structure, a viewpoint under the direction of Norske Turistveger that floats 640 meters above the Aurlandsfjord, he is also involved in.
And it’s not just the extensive use of wood in the Fogo Island cabins that reminds us of Norwegian and Nordic construction. The super simple, long lines are also in line with our modern Scandinavian architecture.
Luxury life on Fogo Island?
– In addition to the art galleries being adapted for accommodation, we are building up some traditional fishing houses for residences for the visitors. Otherwise, a luxury design hotel with 29 rooms in the same, state-of-the-art design as the cabins. Part of this is written in collaboration with the creative Finnish architect Sami Rintal.
These initiatives are important starting shots to revitalize this small community, located 20 km northeast of Newfoundland, says Saunders to bonytt.com
The fish is threatened
This is very long-awaited, because this is an edge, even to the sparsely populated Newfoundland area, to be – and the island of three thousand inhabitants has for a long time been threatened with a shortage of fisheries, especially cod which in turn leads to deforestation he says.
Terrain and weather conditions
The buildings lie in what the architect calls a windswept, rugged terrain, and this harsh fact meant a lot of how he designed and placed these small, simple houses.
Guilders provide dynamics
Many of the distinguished style elements brought the architect from the old fishing houses along the coastline of Fogo Island.
The dimensions, at least on the smallest buildings, are the same as those of the old ones.
A solid window facing the Atlantic Ocean as well as a terrace shaped like a box that protects wind and weather, are also regulars of the building industry in this area.
Desert and Organic
The small houses are also carefully scattered across the coastline and so none of them have a fixed road connection or access to public water and heat. To get to some studios you will go ten minutes on a path from the carriageway.
Otherwise, life on Fogo Island bases itself on solar panels and small wood-burning stoves for heating. And the rainwater from the roof is gathered in its own water tanks. These serve both showers and mini kitchens.
A so-called composite toilet has been installed and all rinse water is cleaned inside the buildings. This means that one way to go is independent of modern technology.
Being self-reliant has been a matter of course for the proud people who have lived on these harsh islands in immemorial times.
Long Studio is in place.
Only in the queue of the many planned small buildings is “The Long Studio”. It was built in 2010, consists of three rooms and looks like a long-haired, night-black camp stone that screams on thin bones.
The building body is minimalist, and with solid windows at both ends, residents can look out on the roaring sea from two sides. Inside the panel is painted white and white.
Both warehouse, kitchen and toilet are hidden away as well as possible. Here nothing shall interfere with the visual contact with nature. Here it should be a good time to create something.
More amphibian houses
Several of the other studios are on thin bones, columns such as “The Long Studio”.
– This is contemporary architecture with a historical starting point. Most of the traditional settlement on Fogo Island is amphibious. That means half of the house is in the sea, the rest on land. This is a house where you experience walking from the dry mountain and straight into the water, Saunders says.
Something for the brave?
– With this, artists and other interested artists can get a little taste of loneliness and adventure waiting so high north and east of the United States and Canada. For the first time this is possible within such a modern and courageous architectural framework, the architect believes.
Fogo Review for the Future
The Fogo Island project has been presented with respected journals such as Italian Domus, English Wallpaper and The New York Times.
The hopes of Todd Saunders and the other initiators, Fogo Island Arts Corporation – Shorefast Arts Foundation and Fire, The Zita Cobb IT Foundation, is that attention will help make Fogo Island an international tourist destination.
Cutting-edge and clean-cut
– This is rock-solid, clean-cut architecture that stands out for the stormy surroundings of Newfoundland, “says VG architectural critic Lars Elton about the project.
– It is also interesting to note that the small wooden buildings on Fogo Island have some stylistic likeness features with Snøhettas fishing museum at Karmøy.
Price crossing over Saunders
Recently, Todd Saunders was awarded Arnstein Arneberg’s architectural award for the 30 m-meter high Solbergtorn resting place at Sarpsborg. And The Long Studio we show here is now honored by the Azur Architecture magazine as the year’s best commercial design project.
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