Contemporary architectural design at Hôtel La Ferme, Québec, Canada
Canadian architectural practice LEMAYMICHAUD in association with St-Gelais Montminy et Associés Architectes and Hudon Julien Associés have completed the Hôtel La Ferme project. Completed in 2013, the luxury hotel can be found at the heart of Baie-Saint-Paul, Québec, Canada.
At the heart of Baie-Saint-Paul, Québec, on land where once stood the largest wooden farm in Canada, a modern getaway has taken root. Hôtel La Ferme is the most contemporary of country hotels. Its namesake was an iconic wooden farm, which was ravaged by fire in 2005.
LEMAYMICHAUD’s Québec City office crafted the look and feel of the hotel. Their mandate was to represent the history and culture of the area, to use local items, and to showcase the talents of local artisans.
In keeping with its history, the contemporary hotel features barn-inspired wood throughout the build (pillars and exposed wood beams). It was important to keep much of the art and materials used locally sourced, highlighting the story of the Charlevoix people. Cabinets, curtains, bedding and carpets were all local finds, promoting Québec firms and artists.
Items one would usually see in country settings — milk crates, barn wood, wool — are found throughout the space. Furniture and lighting were handpicked and playful items were often used. Pillows were hand-woven, depicting the “bright star of Charlevoix,” a local symbol.
The luxury Canadian hotel welcomes visitors from all over the world with the unique charm and allure of the Charlevoix region, where the sea, mountains, and culture create a warm, tranquil holiday destination.
The main pavilion, the farm, named in memory of the Fafard farm, is in the foreground of this project. It offers a dynamic facade and reflects the activities that take place inside. This three-story pavilion, U-shaped, is reminiscent of the layout and scale of the original building. The courtyard, which faces south, is facing the river and is the heart of the project.
As the core to the grounds, all shared spaces touch on its borders: The Bercail (the bar-lounge), Les Labours (the fine-dining restaurant), the multipurpose room, the conference rooms, the coffee corner, and the train station. The interior spaces are meant to blend into the exterior to create a sense of continuity between the inside and outside.
Each pavilion offers a diverse experience to the visitor. Guests will be able to experience a variety of ambiances as they explore the space.
Images courtesy of André-Olivier Lyra. Main designers: Kevin McCandless, Katrine Beaudry, Annie-Claude Gilbert, Marie-Christine Baillargeon, Cynthia Roy, Tony Demers. Interior Design by LEMAYMICHAUD Architecture Design
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