在过去的三十年中，这个名为Saint-Jean-Port-Joli的安静的小村庄一直以其历史悠久的传统木雕工艺而闻名于世，也吸引了来自世界各地的艺术家们前来一探究竟。从20世纪90年代起，这里逐渐形成了一个艺术家驻场计划空间，从而为那些在圣劳伦斯河（St. Lawrence River）沿岸寻找灵感的艺术家们提供一个歇脚地。然而这个驻场空间一直以来都只是个临时的场地，直到2018年来自魁北克的建筑事务所Bourgeois / Lechasseur architectes在村子里设计了一座全新的Est-Nord-Est艺术家之家。该艺术家之家位于村庄的郊区地带，坐落在原临时驻场空间的旧址上，建筑面积高达951平方米，是2017年的一个建筑竞赛获奖方案。经过多年的准备和筹款，这座令人期待已久的艺术家之家如今终于正式落成。
During the last three decades, the quiet village of Saint-Jean-Port-Joli known for its longstanding woodcarving tradition has been a rallying point for artists from various locations around the world. What started as a series of casual encounters in the early 1990’s gradually turned into an artist-in-residence program, open to artists looking for inspiration along the St. Lawrence River. Confined to makeshift facilities until 2018, Centre Est-Nord-Est now boasts a brand new building designed by Québec City’s Bourgeois / Lechasseur architectes. The 951-square-meter structure, which stands on the outskirts of the village, is the result of an architectural competition launched in 2017. After years of preparation and fundraising, the long-awaited Centre Est-Nord-Est sits elegantly on the same site as the building it replaced.
▼艺术家之家外观，exterior view of the artist residence
建筑师Olivier Bourgeois和Régis Lechasseur都在较为偏远的地方长大。在本案中，他们将自身对魁北克乡村景观的深入了解与现代视野融合在了一起。最终的艺术家之家是传统建筑形式与现代建筑形式融合的结果，它采用较长的单建筑体量，让人不禁回想起传统的谷仓。
As was obvious from their competition entry, Olivier Bourgeois and Régis Lechasseur who both grew up in relatively remote locations were able to blend their intimate knowledge of Québec’s rural landscapes with their modern-day vision. The long monolithic volume reminiscent of traditional barns evolved quite naturally from their ability to marry tradition and contemporary architecture.
▼艺术家之家外观，采用较长的单建筑体量，让人不禁回想起传统的谷仓，exterior view of the artist residence in a long monolithic volume reminiscent of traditional barns
▼入口处双层通高的多功能空间，通过毗邻的室外庭院来满足自然采光的需求，the double height multifunctional volume at the entrance, mostly lit through large openings giving to an adjacent court
▼顺着多功能空间内的螺旋楼梯向上走来到一个安静的学习区，one accesses a quieter library zone via a voluptuously curved spiral staircase
ENE’s front entrance is off the main highway, delicately inserted in the narrow wood-lined façade. Once passed the door, a surprisingly exuberant double height volume awaits visitors, staff and residents alike. This multifunctional space, the true heart of the project, serves as meeting point, lounge, exhibition area, community kitchen, and dining room. One accesses a quieter library zone via a voluptuously curved spiral staircase. Carefully framed skylights are carved out of the sloping ceiling, flooding the upper level with natural light while the main floor is mostly lit through large openings giving to an adjacent court.
▼倾斜天花板上的天窗将阳光引入了上层空间，carefully framed skylights are carved out of the sloping ceiling, flooding the upper level with natural light
▼多功能空间内的螺旋楼梯俯视图，top view of the voluptuously curved spiral staircase in the multifunctional space
The residents’ combined work and living quarters are located towards the back of the building. Key to the concept was the design of five identical, yet flexible, live-in studios with sleeping mezzanines. As floor requirements vary widely from one discipline to another, the expandable workspace was planned to be highly flexible and adaptable to individual pursuits whether sculpture, performance art, photography or others. Individual studios are reached through a central corridor, which isolates them from the livelier public areas towards the front. Three shared workshops (wood, metal and assembly) are also located along the corridor.
▼带有夹层卧室空间的可居住工作室，the flexible, live-in studios with sleeping mezzanines
▼沿着中央走廊布置的共享木工房，the shared woodshop that is located along the central corridor
Locally harvested white cedar was used for the exterior cladding while sheet metal protects the huge sloping roofs, reminders of farm buildings in rural Québec. Given the institution’s modest budget ($2.3 million CAD), interior finishes are mostly plywood, gypsum boards and polished concrete. Acoustically treated gypsum panels were installed on some of the angled ceilings to keep sound reverberation to a minimum.
As they designed this unique artistic abode, the architects looked for simple, inventive solutions in order to create the best possible environment for artists. In St-Jean-Port-Joli, as in the Newfoundland, Bourgeois / Lechasseur architectes gave considerable thought to natural light and to material conditions conducive to reflection, quiet stimulation and experimentation. The region’s artistic community and the village of Saint-Jean-Port-Joli in particular were given a true surge of vitality with the recent inauguration of Centre Est-Nord-Est. With its timeless image the vibrant new facility can now easily compete with the most desirable institutions of this type in today’s art world.
▼艺术家之家庭院夜景，night view of the court of the artist residence
Title: Centre Est-Nord-Est, artist residence
Location: Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, Québec, Canada
Architects: Bourgeois / Lechasseur architectes
Design team: Olivier Bourgeois, Régis Lechasseur, Romy Brosseau, Pascale Ouellet-Dompierre, Valérie Gauthier, Isabelle Auclair, Maxime Rousseau
Structural/civil engineers: Génie-Plus
Mechanical engineers: LGT
General contractor: Marcel Charest et fils inc.
Project manager: Michel Roberge, Norda Stelo
Spiral staircase manufacturer: Métal DUMEX
Completion: July 2019
Area: 951 m2
Photographer: Adrien Williams
Resident artist (studio appearing in photographs): Amanda Smith (United States)