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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 [2] without disrupting an entrenched fishing culture.

Construction materials and methods reflect a longstanding local architectural [3] tradition. The sharp geometric box sits aboveground, but is rooted in place by a small concrete [4] 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 [5] 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 [6]

Via Architizer [7]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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