Slopes are why people come to Mont Ste-Marie. And the hotel echos the inclines that surround it. The main volume curves and opens views toward the ski slope and the lake beside it.
For a quarter of a century, Mont Sainte-Marie has been without a hotel. When one last stood open, it employed hundreds and welcomed returning guests to a place they felt was somewhat their own.
As the architects lucky enough to be charged with creating a beautiful new hotel whose interests serve visitors and the community equally, designing a structure that fits in with the vernacular of the region is our mandate.
Design Insight - Positioning
Design Insight - Dynamic Roof
Six stories host 80 rooms, a lounge, restaurant, bar, lobby and spa facilities. The metal roof envelopes the top four levels, housing the suites. Slope-side, the roof opens as an enormous canopy sheltering the second-floor outdoor patio.
Developed by Swiss and opening its doors in summer of 1977, the West Village of Mont Ste-Marie was groundbreaking for its time. Not only taking advantage of phenomenal skiing conditions for this part of the country, the development also included cutting edge conference facilities, a ski lodge, a hotel, and a series of condos. A winter (and summer) wonderland all within an hour of Gatineau and Ottawa.
Developer: Activar Hotels