The necessity of solitude in order to artists to unleash their inner thoughts is well documented throughout history: Virginia Woolf famously wrote, "A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction." Franz Kafka, ever the dramatist, once wrote, "I need solitude for my writing; not 'like a hermit' - that wouldn't be enough - but like a dead man."
Well, perhaps we don't all need to be dead to get our creative juices flowing, but how about a beautifully isolated oceanside studio? On Fogo Island in Canada, the Saunders Architecture firm, in collaboration with the local Shorefast Foundation and Fogo Island Arts, has designed a series of six artists' studios, each aimed at inspiring its resident artists, and preserving this tiny island's traditions through arts and culture.
The Squish Studio is located just outside the small town of Tilting, and it's sharp, modern design provides a lovely contrast to the untouched, wild landscape on the water's edge.
The studio is equipped with basic utilities, including environmentally-conscious solar panels which provide power and light.
In the evenings, the studio, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, appears as a dreamy lighthouse on a rocky cliff.