nicholas francoeur completes sleek country home with work studios in quebec

nicholas francoeur completes sleek country home with work studios in quebec


atelier C is designed for a creative work-from-home couple


canadian designer nicholas francoeur recently completed atelier C in eastman, quebec, as a modern retirement/country home with work studios where its owners (a photographer and a writer) can practice their respective disciplines. according to francoeur, the advent of the pandemic pushed the couple to move in full-time and work from home. 

nicholas francoeur completes sleek country home with work studios in quebec
all images © raphaël thibodeau



setting a balance between spatial independence + connection


as both a work and living space, atelier C had to offer its owners utmost comfort and flexibility. therefore, instead of designing isolated studios, francoeur (see more here) integrated the north-facing workspaces into how the couple moves around the house. that way, both owners can work independently without being disconnected from one another and from the rest of the residence.


complementing that interior flow is a ceiling height that ranges between 2 and 4.5 meters to offer an array of spatial experiences, as well as a colonnade of windows in the living/kitchen area that leaves the couple feeling immersed in nature.

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atelier C is composed entirely of engineered wood



a highly insulated country home for year-round use 


the designer also considered year-round insulation by building the atelier C structure entirely out of engineered wood (glue lam) which was CNC milled off-site and assembled on-site. the use of natural, wood-based materials was met with meticulous attention to detail to ensure the envelope was airtight, meeting passive house standards. 


ultimately, the project reveals a highly insulated home, clad in charred cedar to contrast its bright and airy interior, capturing light in the winter and blocking sun rays during the summer season.

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ceiling height ranges between 2 and 4.5 meters, offering an array of spacial experiences

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the car port is a focal feature that can be used for outdoor projects

nicholas francoeur completes sleek country home with work studios in quebec
the home is clad in charred cedar, contrasting its bright and airy interior


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a spacious dining room with a colonnade of windows that bring in nature

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studio spaces reflect the way the couple moves around the house





project info:


name: atelier C

location: eastman, quebec, canada
architecture: nicholas francoeur | @nikolas.francoeur 
photography: raphaël thibodeau | @raphael_thibodeau 




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