saunders architecture: tower studio
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may 02, 2012
saunders architecture: tower studio


‘tower studio’ by saunders architecture, fogo island, newfoundland, canada
image © bent rené synnevåg
all images courtesy of saunders architecture

the last recently completed structure within the ongoing series of six, the ‘tower studio’ designed by norwegian
practice saunders architecture overlooks shoal bay on fogo island in newfoundland, canada. a black silhouette amidst
the rocky landscape, the angular and twisting exterior form reveals a singular fenestration which doubles as both a
window and skylight. the 3-storey building is accessible by hiking the rocky coastline from nearby towns or by walking
along a 12 inch wide boardwalk formed from weathered planks leading from a busy road through an encompassing bog
to the main entrance. during construction, the narrow path was used to transport materials in wheel barrows,
protecting the delicate ecosystem of lichens.

at the entry door, a triangulated facet of the facade extends overhead to form a sheltering canopy. a ground level fireplace,
kitchenette and compost toilet service the transient residents. a stairway leads to the first level studio which is enclosed
with a slanted wall, allowing artists to lean against the surface and gaze through the opposing triangular window which
floods the studio with a soft, northern daylight.


boardwalk leads through a bog from a busy road
image © bent rené synnevåg

see designboom’s previous coverage of the completed buildings within the shorefast foundation and fogo island arts corporation initiative,
including the bridge studio, long studio and squish studio.


boardwalk hovers above the bog
image © bent rené synnevåg


twisting exterior reveals a triangular window skylight
image © bent rené synnevåg


black exterior forms an angled silhouette against the natural scenery
image © bent rené synnevåg


(left) view from the bog
(right) entrance
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image © bent rené synnevåg


entry level
image © bent rené synnevåg


the second floor is accessed with a ladder from the first floor
image © bent rené synnevåg


inclined interior walls
image © bent rené synnevåg


triangular window / skylight
image © bent rené synnevåg


image © bent rené synnevåg


image © bent rené synnevåg


image © bent rené synnevåg


image © bent rené synnevåg


image © bent rené synnevåg


image © bent rené synnevåg


image © bent rené synnevåg


image © bent rené synnevåg


site plan


floor plan / level 0
1. entry
2. kitchen counter
3. WC


floor plan / level 1
4. studio


floor plan / level 2
5. gallery
6. void


section


elevation


elevation


elevation


section detail


hatchway detail


project info:


client:
shorefast foundation and the fogo island arts corporation
architect: saunders architecture – bergen, norway
team architects: attila béres, ryan jørgensen, ken beheim-schwarzbach, nick herder, rubén sáez lópez, soizic bernard,
colin hertberger, christina mayer, olivier bourgeois, pål storsveen, zdenek dohnalek
associate architect: sheppard case architects inc. (long studio)
structural engineer: dba associates (long studio)
services engineer: core engineering (long studio)
builder: shorefast foundation
construction supervisor: dave torraville
builders: arthur payne, rodney osmond, edward waterman, germain adams, john penton, jack lynch, roy jacobs, clarke reddick
construction photos: nick herder
size: 50 m2
location: fogo island, newfoundland, canada
status: finished 2011

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