Squish, The Ocean-Side Studio By Todd Saunders On Fogo Island, Newfoundland

On a rocky shore, near a small town called Tilting on the Eastern side of Fogo Island in Newfoundland, the Squish Studio is boldly plopped in what seems to be the middle of nowhere.

 

 

 

 

The lucky resident of this little nugget of architecture that's surrounded by the untouched shore right now is Silke Otto-Knapp - an artist based out of London.

Most people's first impression when looking at the Squish Studio is that it's tiny. However, once you step inside, the ceiling gives way for an expansive space in the main room - not even the Tardis looked this good. The shape of the roof also doubles in purpose as a method to withstand the strong Atlantic winds blowing in from the ocean. The residence is powered entirely by solar panels positioned on a nearby hill.

 

 

 

 

In conceptualizing this design, architect Todd Saunders had more than just the structure in mind. Arguably, just as attractive as the studio-home itself is the surrounding landscape, and it would be downright ridiculous not to take advantage of it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The interior is just as clean and sparkling white as one would assume, with the exception of a wood-burning stove - an almost poetic contrast of dark and light. The white room walls act as canvases to the inspired artist, as she often posts sketches, studies, and even creates large paintings. Between witnessing the crashing waves and the occasional storm from the safety of her studio, the artist often works happily into the night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It stands as a monument to human perseverance, or perhaps arrogance, as the interpretation varies. But either way, the design is nothing short of a neo-modern masterpiece.

Visit Todd Saunders' website to check out his firm's impressive body of work.

All Photographs by Bent René Synnevåg, Courtesy of  Saunders Architecture.

 

Researched and Written by Mikhail Shchupak-Katsman, Undergraduate Environmental Design, OCAD University

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