In the heart of the Eastern Townships, perched on a mountainside and overlooking a nature reserve of breathtaking beauty lies BALNEA. Health and wellness, gourmet food, yoga, relaxation, sports, massages, rituals baths: BALNEA reinvents the art of living by creating a stunning experience for all the senses. Spa BALNEA’s new reception building, constructed on piles, is nestled unobtrusively in the forest, where it is the hub linking the facility’s existing buildings via outdoor walkways. The resulting new walking routes give clients a more private path through the site. Special attention was paid to preserving trees and the natural surroundings.
The decision to build the structure from steel made it possible to work with the natural topography, resulting in a very durable, streamlined structure with a more natural profile. The building conveys a sense of lightness under the large wooden volume, making the modular structure seem as though it was gently set down amidst the trees.
The windows, designed to frame views of the forest landscape, also take advantage of a southern exposure to maximize passive solar heating. The new building maintains continuity with the older buildings through the use of the same materials (wood siding; windows and building envelope). The steps outside the entrance, reminiscent of a parvis, serve as both an entranceway and a waiting area for events. In addition to the reception area, Pavillon des arbres includes a gift shop, offices and a lounge. The other spa pavilions, devoid of noise inducing activities, provide environments conducive to relaxation.
Founded in 2004 by Alexandre Blouin and Jean Tardif, the firm Blouin Tardif Architecture-Environnement excels in the design of sustainable buildings developed around the principles of Durability, Performance and Aesthetics. The workshop relies on a multidisciplinary team of architects, engineer, sustainable design specialist and LEED Project Manager. All projects are undertaken using the integrated design method. The result is the best integrated solution coming out of integrated design sessions involving the professionals from every field of practice.
We are a Canadian Leader in LEED certified buildings and LEED project management and we have worked with some of the biggest corporations in Canada such as First Capital Asset Management, Sobeys, Cascades, Rona, Smart Centres, etc. The quality of the firm’s work has been recognized numerous times by diverse nominations and prizes from the Québec Order of Architects, ASHRAE, Design-Build Institute and Grands Prix de Design.
BALNEA réserve thermale is perched on a mountainside, amidst a breathtaking 400 acres private nature reserve located in Bromont-sur-le-Lac, less than an hour away from Montreal. An icon among Quebec spas, BALNEA constantly strives to exceed industry standards. Stylish and exotic, BALNEA has received numerous prizes for architecture and design and has gained wide recognition within the Canadian spa industry. BALNEA also operates BALNEA SPA VOYAGE at Montreal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport and Le BATH ROOM, an urban spa offering flotation baths and massage therapy on Saint Denis Street in Montreal.Architect: Blouin Tardif Architecture-Environnement
Photographer: Steve Montpetit