by Todd Saunders of Canada
Fabulous. Fabulous. Fabulous! A slice of pure design genius by the Canadian architect Todd Saunders. Perched on a rocky coastal outcrop the ‘Squish Studio’ is situated right on the shoreline. The white trapezium form of this delightful minimalist architecture studio is in perfectly in harmony with its natural setting. It conjures up maritime images of sailing boat sails against a clear blue sky. A creative project this construction was designed to be enjoyed by equally creative artists. The space inside the minimalist architecture studio is compact but fully equipped with eco friendly facilities and self generating energy sources. So when occupied the studio’s impact on the natural environment is minimal.
‘Squish Studio’ is located just outside the small Canadian town of Tilting on the eastern end of Fogo Island. The region is well known for its strong ties to the Irish culture which gives it a distinctive character. This quirky minimalist architecture studio steps outside the typical vernacular style of the region but possibly due to, rather than despite its individuality, it fits comfortable into this unique location.
The Squish Studio provides a Perfect Retreat for Artists
The minimalist architecture studio is extended by exterior walls to the west and east. This creates a sheltered terrace with spectacular views over the ocean. The marvelous silhouette of the building appears elegant and streamlined when viewed from a distance. As well as its aesthetic appeal the design is practical as it deflects the frequent strong winds coming from the Atlantic.
Inside the minimalist architecture studio the main working area is surprisingly spacious. The minimalist interior design scheme enhances the impression of uninterrupted volume. The whole is painted white with storage and shelving units built into the main structure to maintain the streamlined design. Vertical wood paneling exaggerates the height of the studio and spotlights add a completely flexible lighting system. The studio is unfurnished apart from the large cozy wood burner which becomes an attractive design feature as well as a source of warmth and comfort during cold weather. Natural light enters the space through floor to ceiling glazed doors which lead onto the terrace. A jaunty series of additional windows is integrated within the paneled walls and juxtaposed with the built in units.
This superb minimalist architecture studio is as attractive by night as it is by day. Lit by a gentle light source it appears as a beacon or even a light house on its rocky platform. Which artist could fail to be inspired by this fabulous studio in its awesome location? .