West Pavilion at BALNEA

Blouin Tardif Architecture Environnement
16. April 2019
Photo: Mathieu Lachapelle (All images courtesy of v2com)

Since last spring, BALNEA has been offering guests a new way to enhance their spa experience. Designed and built by the acclaimed architectural firm of Blouin Tardif Architecture Environnement, the Pavillon Ouest – West Pavilion – includes a large terrace, hot tub and Turkish bath.

Project: West Pavilion, 2018
Location: Bromont, Quebec, Canada
Client: BALNEA spa + réserve thermale
Collaborator: Blouin Tardif Architecture Environnement
Area: 1,500 sf (terrace), 30 sf (hot tub)
Photo: Mathieu Lachapelle

The new pavilion adds capacity to the spa, while pursuing the exceptional facility’s mission: reinventing the art of relaxation through a fully immersive experience in the heart of nature.

Located in Bromont and overlooking a breathtakingly beautiful natural reserve, BALNEA has always showcased gorgeous avant-garde architecture together with its splendid site. Until recently, the spa’s views were mainly over Lac Gale, while the new pavilion is designed to enhance contact with nature and the surrounding forest.

Photo: Mathieu Lachapelle
A sunbathed Turkish bath

Nestled in a forest of majestic maples and other species, with a burbling stream providing the soundtrack, the new facility is a natural fit for the progression of the thermal experience.

Inside, the hammam’s eucalyptus vapors ease the deepest tensions. Soft natural light helps create a cozy, serene ambiance. Unlike most steam baths of this type, the space includes a large south-facing window, screened from prying eyes by smoked-glass panels. Guests enjoy as much light as possible, without sacrificing privacy.  

Photo: Mathieu Lachapelle
Photo: Mathieu Lachapelle
The large terrace and hot tub

With a superb view of Lac Gale and the Appalachians, the enormous 1500 sq. ft. terrace features clean lines, along with textures and materials (including ipe wood) inspired by the most appealing trends. Its position lets guests enjoy the sun comfortably from afternoon to sunset. The terrace is naturally integrated into the environment, and leads bathers to the spectacular whirlpool bath.

The bath is designed for up to 25 bathers at a time – making it the spa’s largest. “We chose an infinity pool so that the surface of the water blends into the lake in the background and the mountains beyond, but also to hide activities going on elsewhere. Bathers are sheltered from the rest of the site and embraced by the warm water, giving them a sense of total privacy,” Laframboise says. In summer, the 30-foot bath is used as a relaxation pool, offering an exceptional thermal experience.

Photo: Mathieu Lachapelle
Photo: Mathieu Lachapelle
An approach that respects the environment

Because they are always working to minimize the reserve’s environmental footprint, the owners have opted for a sustainable approach to everything from materials to the mechanical equipment behind the new wellness space. “To minimize our impact on the local flora and fauna, the new structures were built off-site, with only final assembly done on-site,” Laframboise explains.

Nearly a year after completing the new facility, BALNEA can be proud of its higher visitor numbers, especially in winter, while still providing an immersive retreat, perfect for rest and relaxation. “Thanks to the Pavillon Ouest, we are keeping our promise of offering more open spaces to our guests, to give them a fully immersive experience,” he concludes proudly.

Photo: Mathieu Lachapelle

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