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  7. Scandinave Les Bains Vieux / Saucier + Perrotte architectes

Scandinave Les Bains Vieux / Saucier + Perrotte architectes

  • 01:00 - 22 March, 2009
Scandinave Les Bains Vieux / Saucier + Perrotte architectes
Scandinave Les Bains Vieux / Saucier + Perrotte architectes

Scandinave Les Bains Vieux / Saucier + Perrotte architectes Scandinave Les Bains Vieux / Saucier + Perrotte architectes Scandinave Les Bains Vieux / Saucier + Perrotte architectes Scandinave Les Bains Vieux / Saucier + Perrotte architectes +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Montreal, QC, Canada
  • Architects

    Saucier + Perrotte architectes
  • Project Team

    Gilles Saucier, André Perrotte, Jean-Philippe Beauchamp, Anna Bendix, Trevor Davies, Yves De Fontenay
  • Structural Engineer

    Stavibel
  • Mechanical & Electrical Engineer

    Leroux,Beaudoin, Hurens et associés
  • Contractor

    Société Desjardins-Larouche
  • Client

    Gestion Rivière du Diable
  • Area

    1000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009

From the architect. Located in the heart of historic Old Montreal and facing the vibrant piers of Old Port, Scandinave Les Bains Vieux-Montréal is an urban spa whose purpose is to provide a thermal therapy experience that engages each of the body's senses. The building, rebuilt half a century ago after extensive fire damage, has housed warehouse functions until recently when it was acquired by the new owners: the new spa is positioned at the ground/entrance level.

The formal part of the project is derived from the contact between hot and cold - and more specifically, the naturally occurring phenomena associated with these conditions - the design distills the idea of cool glacial forms and the warmness of volcanic rocks. White angular masses of glacial topography coupled with volcanic geology bespeak the duality that is central to the thermal therapeutic experience proposed by the spa. This duality is articulated through both the spaces' forms and the selection of various materials.

Upon exiting the dressing room, the visitor is immersed in a unique environment where walls, floors and ceiling are slightly angled according to a notion of interior topography through which visitors may wander. These angles, though subtle, give bathers a perceptual difference from their everyday environs; the awareness of the corporeal relationship with their surroundings is heightened, thus grounding each visitor for that moment in time. Just as in a natural landscape, slight undulations in the ground plane create gentle slopes; depressions in the floor level generate basins of water for bathing. At particular moments, volumes emerge from the ground to sculpt interior zones for the sauna and steam bath. Uniting the main space is an undulating wood ceiling that echoes the movements of the floor: walls of white marble mosaic appear to melt at the point of contact with the warm-colored wood on the ceiling, resulting in accentuated architectural reveals. Heated, cantilevered benches made of black slate offer visitors a warm place to pause in between a hot and cold bathing cycle.

Opalescent glass has been added to admit natural light through the building's existing openings while providing a sense of privacy for the visitors. The light that permeates the bath area glows, adding to the purity of the space and the feeling of tranquility for the bathers while keeping contact with city life. Along de la Commune Street, a thin cascading layer of water flows on glass surfaces, filtering views so that from the exterior, passersby can see only shadowed silhouettes of the figures within the hot bath. Rounding out the holistic journey is a relaxation room where bathers can relax in rocking chairs or bean-bag lounge chairs.

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Scandinave Les Bains Vieux / Saucier + Perrotte architectes" 22 Mar 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/16694/scandinave-les-bains-vieux-saucier-perrotte-architectes/>
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oaarchitects · May 01, 2012

Saucier + Perrotte’s stunning Scandinave Les Bains Vieux in historic Old Montreal is an urban spa for all, http://t.co/YK8Q65ca

Raymond Girard · April 19, 2010

Montreal&#39s Scandinave Les Bains - water and architecture working in unison http://bit.ly/gnpf

Raymond G Girard · April 19, 2010

Montreal&#39s Scandinave Les Bains - water and architecture working in unison http://bit.ly/gnpf

aurélie amable · June 24, 2009

SORRY GUYS, ACTUALLY THE REAL NAME OF THE PLACE IS SCANDINAVE
LES BAINS, VIEUX-MONTREAL. THAT MEANS, THE BATHS ON OLD MONTREAL.

aurélie amable · June 24, 2009

they're from montreal, i can't believe they're posted on this page!!!
Now they are known as the best architects in the whole Canada according to the Royal Institute of Architecture in Canada.
Bains Vieux means Old Baths by the way.

Leon · June 18, 2009

what does Les Bains Vieux mean?

Dan Morris · June 03, 2009

Arch Daily Scandinave Les Bains Vieux / Saucier + Perrotte architectes. Love the wide open floor plan, very minimalistic http://bit.ly/FHY3z

Thad Medford · June 03, 2009

Think I just found my ideal living place @ http://tinyurl.com/cu7wmv

Nicolas Mogollon · June 02, 2009

Scandinave Les Bains Vieux / Saucier http://bit.ly/ugIPA

Sophie Ouimet · May 19, 2009

Suffit d'aller dans le Vieux-Port pour goûter aux joies du spa Scandinave. Et c'est beau, en plus. http://tinyurl.com/cu7wmv

Guido · April 27, 2009

Odris, stop loving and make a real comment for once! I love this, I love that...who cares!! give some value to society.

lala · March 25, 2009

agree with u completely Franco!!!!
shut up odris!!!

nice design btw :)

Big Love Creative · March 25, 2009

An urban spa whose purpose is to provide a thermal therapy experience that engages each of the body’s senses http://bit.ly/gnpf

Franco · March 24, 2009

odris is a fake. At least I expect that.

Georgia · March 24, 2009

loving the cave-like feel of it, yet the light play through-out is absolutely stunning [esp the sauna] [?]

Marcus Des · March 24, 2009

Minimalist yet luxurious spa, love the understated design and chosen materials.

odris · March 23, 2009

I REALLY LOVE THE CONCEPT OF THE DESIGN

Paul Buckley · March 23, 2009

Scandinave Les Bains Vieux / Saucier + Perrotte architectes http://shortna.me/60f25

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