Work, life seamlessly integrate into Quebec architecture firm’s design

The S-Pace 1628 project, designed by architecture firm 1628 Inc., and located a few steps from Lake Memphremagog in Magog, Quebec, was created to house the company’s offices, as well as serve as a residence for its owners.

A light, sculptural, and continuous roof unites all the volumes like a plan deposited over the building. This roof gives the project a distinctive and balanced appearance reminiscent of the surrounding hills. The shape of the roof is echoed inside the building; many of the ceilings take this form.

The structure, prefabricated in a factory, is made entirely of wood. The designers used the latest modeling software to successfully design the concept without having to rely on structural steel. Workshop fabrication seemed to be the only way to make all the pieces of the puzzle fit with precision.

The objective of the project was to create a harmonious building in which the two main functions would intertwine and intersect, while being able to be separate and autonomous. For the owners, grouping most of their activities in one place reduces everyday travel to a minimum, while making the most of the pleasant environment.

The building is made up of three main ivory-coloured masonry volumes (offices, residence, and garage), interconnected by the circulation spaces (main vestibule and staircase), and the hybrid space—the multipurpose room. The residential volume is surmounted by a sub-volume which is slightly offset and covered with white metallic cladding. The roof is the articulated surface connecting all these volumes. The materials used are pale in color and have a light appearance that blends in well with the surrounding built environment.

The interior spaces are divided into flexible zones. The office area is placed near the main entrance, at the north end of the building, directly accessible from the main vestibule. The living and private spaces are placed at the other end, away from the professional activities. Many vanishing points allow the eye to move constantly; the spaces are delimited, but always remain open to the interior and the exterior.

In both the office and residential areas, the rooms benefit from generous and open spaces. In the office space, the windows are concentrated on the west side, providing views of the lake. Patio doors create a direct link to the outside world, and only screen partitions divide the space.

The residence spans over two levels. The living rooms are grouped together in an open-plan layout on the ground floor. The windows are generous, highlighting views of the lake and the surrounding panorama. Several patio doors open onto a large, covered veranda that borders the south and west sides of the volume. This veranda is an extension of the living rooms, with its configuration enabling it to be inhabited in several ways. A fold in the roof partially closes this space on the south side to reduce glare and increase privacy. The second floor includes the master suite and a secondary suite. The rooms also have large windows to allow for views of the exterior environment.

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