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Scandinave Les Bains Vieux-Montréal is the newest addition to the Scandinave spa line-up.
Located in Old Montreal and close to the Old Port, the 12,000-square-foot spa is the first urban undertaking of the Scandinave team, spearheaded by Benoît Berthiaume, co-founder and executive VP of the Gestion Rivière du Diable group.
Occupying the ground floor of a restored former warehouse, Scandinave Les Bains Vieux-Montréal’s setting is less intimate than the rural settings of the first two Scandinave spas. The first corporate spa opened in 1999 in the log-and-stone cabin country of Mont Tremblant’s ski hills in Quebec, and the first franchise opened in 2006 in the Blue Mountain ski hills of Collingwood, Ontario.
The Old Montreal spa was designed by Montreal’s award-winning architectural powerhouse, Saucier + Perrotte, led by Gilles Saucier and André Perrotte.
The interior is somewhat sterile and cold with its open spaces and expansive surfaces of glass, marble, slate and limestone. In recreating the hot-and-cold “thermo therapy” of the “Scandinavian bath” experience, this spa is definitely closer to Reykjavik’s somewhat clinical Blue Lagoon than to the wood-paneled saunas of Finland.
Scandinave’s next corporately owned spa is scheduled to open late this year in the ski hills of Whistler, British Columbia, to be ready for the 2010 Winter Olympics. - Tuija Seipell
When we saw this great idea in Montreal, Canada, we immediately thought how wonderful it would be if city councils around the world took this on as a way to draw attention to Breast Cancer Awareness Month! The cause deserves this kind of prominence.
However, this presentation by landscape architect Claude Cormier is not for breast cancer awareness. It is part of Aires Libres a summer-long celebration that has turned the street to a pedestrian-only mall of arts and culture. Aires Libres will end September 12, 2011.
Pink Balls/Les Boules Roses consists of more than 170,000 pink balls hanging over a 1.2 km distance from Berri to Papineau Street in Montreal’s Sainte-Catherine Street East Village.
There are three sizes of pink plastic balls, stretching over the street in nine sections, each with its own pattern. Pink Balls was produced by Impact Production in partnership with Société de développement commercial - SDC du Village. - Bill Tikos
When designer Jean de Lessard was called in to create the new digs for PixMob out of a massive, old textile factory in Montreal’s fashion district, he did what all good designers do: Listened to the client.
After many discussions and much research, the Montreal-based, award-winning designer gave the PixMob team a 10,000 square-foot (930 square meter), two-level club/workshop/office that reflects the spirit of the company with the slogan “Connect crowds – reinvent rituals.”
Words that de Lessard used as cues included collective movement, intensity, beat, music, moment, spectacle, chaotic, nocturnal
PixMob is known for its wireless remote LED light technology that uses glowing objects, balls and wristbands for crowd activation. PixMob’s creations have been seen, for example, at the Sochi Olympics, in Vegas and at Superbowl games.
The most interesting component of the project are the ‘sculptural monoliths,’ angular conference pods that break up the massive open space and reverberate with the sound when PixMob puts on a big party on their premises.
We like the yellow accent color and we love the raw, unadorned surfaces that reflect both the character of the company and the working-class history of the building. - Tuija Seipell.
Photos Adrien Williams