The Balnea Spa is located in the heart of the Eastern Townships, perched on a hillside in a private nature reserve overlooking Lake Gale. About an hour away from busy Montreal, 10 minutes from the ski resort of Bromont, you can find peace in this beautiful spa with Finnish saunas, a Turkish bath, outdoor hot tubs, a lake, slow food, and resting areas with fire places. In addition to all this splendor, you can choose from a large variety of massages, yoga and assorted treatments. The facilities are housed in the original, old-fashioned building with thick stone walls that were built in the 1970’s and the principal spa building, which was built in 2005. The owner was looking for a functional, inviting new building to be a complement to the immersive spa experience as well as a connection between the two existing structures. And at the same time, it should meld with the surrounding forest. Blouin Tardif’s answer was a centrally located minimalist pavilion on stilts. The open joint wood cladding and wooden walkways integrate the building into the landscape in a contemporary style. It houses the reception area of the spa as well as the offices, creating more space for the spa and treatments in the principal building.