LE GERMAIN HOTEL & SPA  CHARLEVOIX
André-Olivier Lyra

Le Germain Hotel

LEMAYMICHAUD as Architects

In keeping with its history, this contemporary hotel features barn-inspired wood features throughout the build. It was important to keep much of the art and materials used locally sourced, highlighting the story of the region. 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-weaved, depicting the “bright star of Charlevoix,” a local symbol.


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Architecture by LEMAYMICHAUD Architecture Design, St-Gelais Montminy and Hudon Julien in joint venture.


At the heart of Baie-Saint-Paul, Québec, on land that once housed the largest wooden farm in Canada, a modern getaway has taken root. Hotel La Ferme is the most contemporary of country hotels. Its namesake was an iconic wooden farm, which was ravaged by fire in 1997. From its ashes a warm, unique space was created.


LEMAYMICHAUD crafted the look and feel of the hotel. Our 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, La Ferme features barn-inspired wood features throughout the build (think 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-weaved, depicting the “bright star of Charlevoix,” a local symbol.


Five types of rooms were created in order to house distinct personalities. “Les Dortoirs de la Gare” feature pull-down beds, and a railway theme. “Le Clos” was influenced by the presence of the nearby monastery with its outstanding bell towers and features thirty-nine rooms and a peaceful courtyard. “Le Moulin” dominates the other pavilions with its four-story tower, and uses botanically themed décor to allude to the farms past pursuits. “La Bergerie” keeps past traditions near through items like woven rugs or a wooden rocking chair. Lastly, “La Basse-Cour” uses animal motifs and bright colors to keep things playful and lively.


Hotel La Ferme 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, and where the design of the space is both inviting and successful in its mandate to represent the culture of the Charlevoix area and its history. The resort also offers a local gastronomic experience with its destination restaurant, a peaceful lobby lounge atmosphere and a thermal health experience offered by the Spa du Verger.


Authentic Parklex facade material reminiscent of Charlevoix's history

Engineered Assemblies as Provided the exterior Parklex facade panel material

Parklex facade panel material, a high-density stratified wood board was chosen to clad the exterior of the Le Germain Charlevoix Hotel & Spa. This material complimented the site's local colour and authenticity, is energy-efficient, and is maintenance free.


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In our factory in Spain, we take real wood and enhance and improve its natural features using modern technology. Our real wood façade products are designed for use outdoors and do not require any ongoing maintenance other than general cleaning. These products can be used as a ventilated façades and rain screens, slat walls, lap siding, louvers, soffits and curved walls.


Here, the installed panels emphasize the natural beauty found in real wood; its feel and natural warmth, while combining it with modern technology to create the perfect building envelope.


The basic safety requirements reduce the risk of damage caused by accidental fire due to the characteristics of the project, construction, use and maintenance of the building to acceptable limits. In this sense, Parklex FACADE reports the best possible results for organic materials, according to the European Standard EN 13501: Reaction to fire.


This type of facade can be installed as ventilated facade, as louvres or overlapping slats, on suspended ceilings, as soffits and on curved walls.


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