Fogo, Newfoundland and Labrador
Fogo Island is a remote yet accessible outpost off the North East coast of Newfoundland and a foundation for the Fogo Island Inn; a social enterprise established to revive a community that was once supported entirely by a cod fishery that no longer exists. Designed by architect Todd Saunders and the brain child of Zita Cobb, daughter of a Fogo Island fisherman, the Inn is a social business and a community asset. Every dollar made here is invested back into the community through projects and programs operated by the Shorefast Foundation.
I have been aware of the Inn for a few years, but more for design reasons than the ethos behind the enterprise. I'd seen images shared on Instagram and write ups on architectural websites. I had even written a blog post about one of the artist studios myself, but it's the the thought processes at work here that really hit home following my visit over the summer. Guided by history, environment, a sense of place and the arts, it's a stunning realisation that successfully wraps Fogo's identity, culture and traditions into a building that reaches far into the future and out across the world.