4/30/2012

Squish Studio


The Squish Studio is located just outside the small Canadian town of Tilting on the eastern end of Fogo Island.  First settled in the mid-18th century, Tilting is known for its strong Irish culture and is recent designation by Parks Canada as a National Cultural Landscape District of Canada.



The Squish Studio's white angular form, sited 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.

Architect Todd Sanders designed a dramatic approach to the front entry of the studio, 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 of that dimension.  The compact, trapezium– shaped plan of the studio is augmented by the extension of the east and west exterior walls to create a sheltered, triangulated south entry deck and north terrace that overlooks the ocean.  From a distant view, the streamlined form of the Squish Studio becomes apparent with its high back and low (squished) front designed, in part to deflect the winds from the stormy North Atlantic.



As you enter the studio, the spatial compression of the tall and narrow entry area gives way to the horizontal expanse of the main room.  The downward angled roof leads the eye to the full height oblong glass window focused on a splendid view of Round Head.  The vertical white planks that line the interior walls are interrupted by the playful series of narrow windows integrated with an expanse of built-in cabinetry.



The studio is equipped with a compost toilet, a small kitchenette and wood-burning stove.  Power is supplied by standalone solar panels, mounted on an adjacent hilltop.  Both the interior and exterior of the studio, including the roof, is clad with spruce planks that are painted white.