The recipe for a beach house has two ingredients: a beach and a house. The Fogo Island Artist Studios by Saunders Architecture is neither on a sandy beach, nor can you just rent it out for the weekend – you have to be an artist and apply to live there. Still, you could talk your artist friend into letting you sleep inside of the structure, and you can look at the ocean from inside, so it satisfies at least 75% of what we’re looking for. And wouldn’t you rather be there now than… wherever it is that you are? The project is in Canada, where I now have lots of friends who have informed me that it doesn’t snow year-round across the country. Which is good to know, because otherwise I would have suspected that all of these photos had the snow photoshopped out.
Built along the craggy, Newfoundland coast on the eastern seaboard of Canada, the simple massing of the project stands in contrast to textured and varied landscape that it hovers above. The principle architect of Saunders Architecturee, Todd Saunders, was born in Newfoundland. He studied and worked in Canada before moving to Norway where he has worked since 1997. The Fogo Island Artist Studios is the first of six projects across the island that aim to rejuvenate the island as a cultural and artistic destination and this bold little box is the first to be finished. I’m excited to see if the additional studios built across the island are as simple and lovely as the first.