On the coast of Fogo Island in Newfoundland, Canada sits Bridge Studio, designed by Bergen-based design practice Saunders Architecture. One of a series of six artists’ studios commissioned by the Shorefast Foundation and the Fogo Island Arts Corporation – and all designed by Saunders architecture – with the intent of preserving the Fogo Islanders’ traditions and rejuvenating the island through the arts and culture.
Dramatically poised on a steep hillside, Bridge Studio is a wood covered parallelogram propped upon four piers and overlooks the calm waters of an inland pond. Solar panels mounted further up the hill work to generate power for the studio, which houses two tiers; the entry level containing a long counter and a wood-burning stove, and the upper area holding a built-in timber desk set in front of a large wood-framed window.
An abstract form, Bridge Studio’s silhouette recalls a traditional Newfoundland fishing stage, which fishermen would clean and salt codfish in. Located in Deep Bay, a town composed of 150 people, Bridge Studio is accessed by taking a twenty minute hike through rocky, lichen covered terrain, before crossing a 16-foot bridge to the studio.