Tiny House in a Landscape

Tiny House in a Landscape

Squish Studio

This week’s Tiny House in a Landscape almost does not look real and you have to follow the link below to see all the photographs. I had the hardest time deciding which one to post and probably should have put them all up.

This is called the Squish Studio and is designed by Saunders Architecture. The building is 322 square feet and is a contemporary artist studio located on Fogo Island, which is in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

The Squish Studio’s white angular form, situated on a rocky strip of coastline that could rival Italy’s western coast offers sharp contrast to the traditional vernacular architecture of the nearby picturesque community of Tilting. As its architect, Todd Saunders, has commented on the studio’s siting, “…it is out of sight, but close.” The approach to the front entry of the studio is dramatic, as the most southern end of the studio rises twenty feet above the ground, in sharp contrast to its most northern tip that measures only half that dimension.

Visit this website to get all the details, photos, floor plan, etc. http://www.homedsgn.com/2012/05/14/squish-studio-by-saunders-architecture/

Photo by: Bent René Synnevåg

Squish Studio

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Irene - May 19, 2012 Reply

I am in love with everything about this–the exterior and interior both, the landscape. Breathtaking. Thanks.

unexpectedcontractor - May 19, 2012 Reply

What a wonderful find! The setting is magnificent and the building somehow so appropriate.

    Lynne - May 19, 2012 Reply

    Cool studio, but I couldn’t disagree more about the ‘appropriateness’ of the setting. This building seems to be so terribly out of place, sticks out like a sore thumb in this location – it looks like it might be more suited to a tropical beach near a large, modern city.

    The views are spectacular, but this studio doesn’t seem to take full advantage of that. Too bad, but maybe they’re a distraction to the artist.

      alice h - May 19, 2012 Reply

      The photos and commentary shown in the linked site make a bit more sense of the house than just this one shot. I think it links well with it’s site, kind of reminds me of an iceberg and there’s an echo of the white sea spray dashing up from the rocks. There is a photo of the inside that shows a large window taking in the view. There’s a practical side to the shape as it allows the wind smoother passage over the building. I’m not a huge fan of modern architecture but this works.

    Marcene - May 20, 2012 Reply

    Ehhh…nope. It doesn’t look right in that location. The conflict with the environment is such that it almost looks like it was photoshopped into the picture. I can think of other places where it would fit in nicely, but not here – it clashes.

      alice h - May 20, 2012 Reply

      Is it just this particular design or would any house there clash?

Sandra Allen - May 19, 2012 Reply

I reminds me of some of the “sea shacks” along the California coast, but I could “rustify” it to my whims. I love the exterior, and the interior is like a fresh sheet of paper.

Thanks for the wonderful shots. When can I move in?
Oh, to dream!

Richard - May 19, 2012 Reply

Touches me somehow on a metaphysical level.

cj - May 20, 2012 Reply

Nice setting and placement. Art in itself.

Laurel - May 20, 2012 Reply

The Province is called Newfoundland and Labrador. Off this coast are some of the most dramatic icebergs afloat. It looks like this studio is a copy of the best of them.

    alice h - May 20, 2012 Reply

    Kind of like an architectural version of Lawren Harris iceberg or mountain paintings. Since it is an art studio an homage to the Group of Seven wouldn’t be out of place.

      Michael - May 23, 2012 Reply

      That is a brilliant comment; I know those paintings and they’re beautiful.

Miguel Marcos - May 21, 2012 Reply

I love the design of the house and the environment is just spectacular. The combination, however, doesn’t feel right to me. It feels forced.

Brother Tiberius - May 24, 2012 Reply

I love it. I think that the landscape is striking, and the design, while different, really brings a gravitas to that environement. Rugged beauty meets asymmetrical clean design.

JLCC - August 1, 2012 Reply

These Fogo Island projects have gotten a lot of international press and praise, however it should be noted the people of Fogo are not fond of them. They are pet projects of a wealthy ex-resident Zita Cobb and government subsidized tourism project. The squish studio cost $1million to build and these projects have taken up the ferry space (fogo is an island) and the residents there have difficulty getting to and from work due to the trucks bring in supplies taking all the ferry space.
Some were even built on other residents property without their permission. Most people on Fogo would be considered poor and live in smaller houses. I live in Newfoundland and it’s caused a lot of issues in Joe Batts Arm and Fogo area.

So while I love tiny houses and am currently 50% completed my own full time live in tiny house (shell finished, working on cabinets) and I definitely do modern architecture and like the studio design, the location and strong-arming of the communities in Fogo is not good, and neither is the cost. It’s being done here solely to be chic, rather than all the reasons we normally love tiny space.

Kelly Seminoff - August 1, 2012 Reply

I think it’s a very simple and elegant tiny house. It touches the ground lightly and it responds gracefully to the wind, rocks and ocean. I like that it’s just building and site, nothing else.

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