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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Station BLÜ in Quebec, Canada by Blouin Tardif Architecture-Environnement

October 16th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Blouin Tardif Architecture-Environnement

Montreal, October 5, 2011 – This resort complex situated on the outskirts of the Charlevoix region includes a restaurant, steam bath, sauna, massage areas, hot and cold pools, and many relaxation spaces. These functions are shared among three pavilions articulated around a landscaped area bordering the river. The challenge was to highlight nature and integrate the functions through clean, contemporary architecture that respects the environment.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Stéphane Groleau)

  • Architects/designers: Blouin Tardif Architecture-Environnement
  • Official name of project: Station BLÜ
  • Location: St-Tite-des-Caps, Quebec, Canada
  • Client name: Station BLÜ
  • Project manager: Alexandre Blouin
  • Photographer: Stéphane Groleau

Images Courtesy Stéphane Groleau

  • Design team: Isabelle Beauchamp, Pascal Mailloux, Sophie Marquet, Guillaume Martel-Trudel, Jonathan Trottier, Alexandre Blouin
  • Mech./elect. engineers: Genivar
  • Structural engineer: Genivar
  • Contractor: Construction Marc Drolet
  • Completion date: 2011


Images Courtesy Stéphane Groleau

To unify the project grouping, the buildings’ envelope is a black-coloured wood covering. The various grades used give a more random texture, referring to vernacular structures.

A walkway is cut through the east wall of the main building; this is the only distinctive element marking the entrance to the project. Once visitors enter the volume, the high ceilings and picture window project them into the exterior landscaping and the countryside.


Exterior View (Images Courtesy Stéphane Groleau)

The black-wood volumes are incised by large openings and terraces cut across the buildings. The project as a whole has been thought out as a pathway highlighting the surrounding nature and the outdoor facilities, as well as exploring the concept of spectator–actor.

The interior spaces are uncluttered, giving the natural landscape the starring role. Bright colours are used only for specific elements, such as the restaurant’s large banquette and the steam bath.


Exterior View (Images Courtesy Stéphane Groleau)

Blouin Tardif Architecture-Environnement

Blouin Tardif Architecture-Environnement was founded in 2005 by architects Jean Tardif and Alexandre Blouin. The firm’s mission is to produce high-quality architecture combining durability, performance, and aesthetics. The projects are developed using the principles of the integrated design process. By bringing together innovation and know-how, the firm has built a network of collaborators well known in sustainable development and with solid credibility in the industry. The firm’s success and its recent distinctions underline the energy and vision of the members of the multidisciplinary team, all of whom are motivated by a passion for architecture and the environment.


Exterior View (Images Courtesy Stéphane Groleau)

Images Courtesy Stéphane Groleau

Interior View (Images Courtesy Stéphane Groleau)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Stéphane Groleau)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Stéphane Groleau)


Plan 01

Plan 02


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