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Fraternité-sur-Lac presents SPAHAUS in Mont-Tremblant, Canada by Yh2 Architecture
October 12th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Yh2 Architecture
Fraternité-sur-Lac presents SPAHAUS, a project of 26 contemporary chalets located on Lac Supérieur (Mont-Tremblant), available in 2014
For the first time in its fifteen-year history, YH2 architects agree to take part in real estate project
Fraternité-sur-Lac is proud to announce preliminary details and share inaugural images of SPAHAUS, a project of 26 contemporary chalets designed by YH2 Architecture. Taken aback by the site’s remarkable location and the developer’s vision, the Montreal architectural design firm – renowned for its work both at home and abroad over the past fifteen years – agreed to apply its creative know-how to a real estate project for the first time in its history.
Adaptable according to the number of bedrooms and the optional inclusion of a spa and sauna, SPAHAUS democratizes access to contemporary, imaginative architectural design that’s in keeping with the Lac Supérieur environment, located 10 minutes away from the Mont-Tremblant ski station’s northern slope and the Mont-Tremblant National Park. “With SPAHAUS, we want to allow future buyers to set up home in an architectural residence that’s both creative and functional, but above all, that is affordable and only available in a limited supply,” says project developer Michel Beaulieu. “In that sense, we consider ourselves privileged to have convinced YH2 to dream up these contemporary, luxurious spaces, designed while keeping nature and the values of Fraternité-sur-Lac in mind.”
YH2 – Quality in Limited Quantity
“It took many months of hard work, observation and fleshing out numerous proposals before settling on the final SPAHAUS concept – buildings that provide the intimacy and connection to nature that one would expect of a home spa,” recalls architect Loukas Yiacouvakis, a YH2 partner along with Marie-Claude Hamelin. SPAHAUS is made up of 26 chalets laid out to blend into the natural undulating contours of the site, and positioned in such a way as to mask the other chalets’ construction. Built using a combination of concrete and wood, the units’ large window design provides an optimal amount of light and a stunning vista of the natural surroundings, in the spirit of contemporary Scandinavian design.
On the ground floor, each chalet has a large rectangular space comprised of the living room and the spa, on top of which rests a small wooden cottage, designed with one or two bedrooms. The integration of the ground floor into the land’s natural slope renders the building’s concrete foundation practically invisible to the other cottages. From the site, all that’s visible are the 26 small wooden houses resting on flat roof patios, made up of minerals and plants – these gardens of lush greenery boast heart-stopping vistas of the forest, leading to the lake below. “We’ve created 26 human-scale spaces, which are agreeable to live in and take us back to the essence of what a chalet ought to be: a place for replenishing and becoming one with nature, a welcoming environment where one feels at ease with oneself and others,” adds Loukas Yiacouvakis.
A Global Investment of $80 Million
With SPAHAUS, the Fraternité-sur-Lac developers strengthen the area’s positioning as the Laurentians’ economic hub, more specifically in the Lac Supérieur municipality. SPAHAUS is the latest gem in the Fraternité-sur-Lac resort undertaking, which will eventually add up to a total investment of some $80 million, which includes: the Club de la Pointe development; a 100,000 square-foot playground on the shores of Lac Supérieur that’s reserved exclusively for residents; a bucolic, country-inspired centre; a general store featuring an SAQ space; a full slate of hospitality infrastructure (reception desk and check-in, restaurants), and the Rivière Verte pedestrian trail, which covers the project’s entire perimeter. “In 2005, we acquired the site on impulse, euthusiastic at the thought of converting it into an exclusive, authentic destination,” remarks Michel Beaulieu. “With SPAHAUS, we wish to break down the simplistic dichotomy that sets bustling city life and tranquil, rural locales at loggerheads. We’re speaking to buyers for whom both of those realities are intertwined, people who enjoy spending quality time and taking full advantage of outdoor activities offered on-site and in the surrounding area. On the business front, while certain projects have experienced slowdowns, we’ve successfully adapted to the economic climate, finding buyers for the first slate of 25 luxury log chalets built in the mountains, as well as selling the near totality of our 72 Suites-sur-Lac. Our vision and efforts hinge on the time we allow ourselves to refine the projets, in order to better protect and enchance the value of the site and its exceptional qualities.”
Lac Supérieur and Club de la Pointe: A Gem of Serenity
“We’re smack dab in the middle of Quebec’s largest playground combining sports, leisure activities and culture. One can practice just about every activity under the sun!,” stresses Michel Beaulieu. It’s with that mindset that the Club de la Pointe saw the light of day. The offer is entirely in sync with its environment, combining an outdoor experience with infrastructures intended to foster relaxation. “The Club de la Pointe provides, among other things, access to Lac Supérieur for swimming, tennis, a pool, kayaks, a yacht club, petanque, a yoga centre, a fitness room (spinning bikes, elliptical and TRX machines) and fire pits. Come winter, residents can revel in the snowy landscape with cross-country skiing and snowshoeing as well as skating or broomball on an ice ring,” adds Beaulieu. As a reminder, Lac Supérieur is a non-motorized lake, which affords residents unusual tranquility.
Hassle-Free, Purchase-for-Rental Option
“People are sometimes hesitant to purchase a chalet due to all the maintenance involved versus the amount of time they’ll have to enjoy it. In this case, owners don’t have to mow the lawn on Saturday morning before kayaking or clear the snow on Friday night after skiing. They can relax as they would at a hotel, in an environment and a natural playground that belongs to them, and which generates income,” explains Michel Beaulieu. In fact, SPAHAUS offers owners the possibility of earning a return on their investment with the purchase-for-rental option. The owner blocks off his occupancy dates, after which Côté Nord, Fraternité’s rental branch, handles reservations, reception and cleaning services.
Partnership with Maison Corbeil
Another noteworthy innovation: Fraternité-sur-Lac and Maison Corbeil announce a partnership that will grant the buyer(s) of one of the 26 SPAHAUS units a whole range of benefits and furniture specifically tailored and selected by the YH2 teams of Fraternité-sur-Lac and Maison Corbeil. “We’re proud of our association with Fraternité, with whom we share not only a community of clients, but also, more importantly, a vision, a number of affinities and a joint commitment to making both quality and luxury accessible,” comments Maison Corbeil co-president Éric Corbeil.
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