If your summer is as busy as ours have been, you're probably ready for a bit of R&R. If dipping into soothing geothermal baths and getting a massage sound as good to you as they do to us, La Source Spa in Rawdon outside of Montreal may just be the ticket. Designed by Blouin Tardif Architecture, the massage therapy pavilion was built with respect for the surrounding environment and makes use of natural materials, solar passive design and geothermal energy. Although it may be the middle of summer and most of us would prefer a dip into something cold, we'll take any type of relaxation we can get!
The new pavilion is an addition to the existing facilities to improve the spa’s programming and activities. The 800 sq m, three-story building includes space for 13 massage tables, two lounges, a reception area, and administrative offices. Conservation of the existing environment and surrounding trees during design and construction was of utmost importance, as was energy efficiency. Solar passive design utilizes the sun for heating in the winter, and shade devices, like large overhangs, motorized shades and slatted windows to minimize overheating in the summer. Geothermal heat is used to warm the baths and interior through concrete radiant floors, which also act as thermal mass.
One of the main goals of the luxurious spa is to provide a relaxing experience in the midst of nature. To achieve that, warm natural materials were used along with a strong visual connection with the environment whether guests are inside our out. A green roof acts as further insulation for the building and minimizes the visual impact of the structure. The beautiful, stress-busting building was a finalist for an award of excellence from the Quebec Order of Architects in 2009.
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