26 May 2016

The remote little island that captured the design world

From Nine To Noon, 10:07 am on 26 May 2016

Fogo Island is a remote fishing community located off the northeast coast of Canda's Newfoundland, and the birthplace of millionaire businesswoman Zita Cobb.

While she left the island when she was 16  – it never left her.

And after a successful career in the dot-com industry, she returned to help rebuild it with the help of the local community and architect Todd Saunders.

The result was a striking series of buildings, and an Island Inn that caught the gaze of the design world, luring guests from around the world

She talks to Kathryn Ryan about growing up on Fogo Island, and the bold architectural project she was involved with to nurse it back to economic health.

The project has been made into a documentary called Strange & Familiar, Architecture on Fogo Island which is screening as part of the Resene Architecture & Design Film Festival 2016 which opens in Wellington today, before heading down to Dunedin and Christchurch between June and July.