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Stunning Geometric Art Studio Sits in Gentle Contrast to Rugged Fogo Island

Posted By Tafline Laylin On March 24, 2014 @ 1:00 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,Gallery,Prefab Housing | No Comments

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Despite being incredibly remote, Fogo Island is still susceptible to human impact. The Shorefast Foundation is eager to protect both the dynamic, rough natural surroundings [6] without disrupting an entrenched fishing culture.

Construction materials and methods reflect a longstanding local architectural [7] tradition. The sharp geometric box sits aboveground, but is rooted in place by a small concrete [8] foundation. This allows for pre-fabrication in a workshop during the harsh winter months, with a spring installation to follow. It also ensures that this design can be incorporated anywhere on the island – regardless of terrain.

Large windows and a skylight allow an influx of beautiful natural light, as well as a sense of continuation with the dramatic exterior, and one deep wall (1m) was installed to set apart a storage area, toilets, and wash bins. Although the prefabricated design [9] was supposed to contrast with the landscape, it is also a gentle addition that allows the artists to soak up their majestic surroundings without harming it.

+ Saunders Architecture [10]

Via Architizer [11]

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[1] art studios: http://inhabitat.com/fer-studio-unveils-a-green-vision-for-downtown-inglewood-california/

[2] Todd Saunders: http://www.saunders.no/

[3] sustainable architecture: http://inhabitat.com/15-mind-blowing-shipping-container-skyscrapers-vertical-farms-and-buried-cities/

[4]  : http://inhabitat.com/stunning-geometric-art-studio-sits-in-gentle-contrast-to-rugged-fogo-island/fogo2/?extend=1

[5] Image: http://inhabitat.com/stunning-geometric-art-studio-sits-in-gentle-contrast-to-rugged-fogo-island/fogo2/

[6] natural surroundings: http://inhabitat.com/breezy-bamboo-community-for-india-pay-homage-to-local-culture/

[7] architectural: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/new-york-by-gehrys-insanely-shiny-facade-sets-fire-to-local-buildings/

[8] concrete: http://inhabitat.com/shigeru-ban’s-villa-vista-is-a-cantilevered-open-air-beauty-in-sri-lanka/

[9] prefabricated design: http://inhabitat.com/innovative-and-flexible-prefab-prototype-schools-for-los-angeles-school-district/

[10] + Saunders Architecture: http://inhabitat.comsaunders+architecture.no

[11] Via Architizer: http://www.architizer.com/en_us/projects/view/fogo-island-artist-studios/21299/

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