Bota Bota is a Scandinavian spa located within a converted tug boat in the old port of Montréal. This project involved the expansion of the existing spa into the garden adjacent to the boat’s permanent docking site. The basic concept of the project was to surround a series of baths with lounging areas and pavilions containing all the elements of an authentic Scandinavian spa circuit. The orientation of the baths and the arrangement of the buildings allow for access to sunlight from the south throughout the day. The program includes an ice bath, hot bath and pool around which there is a sauna, steam room and two relaxation rooms. The pavilions are made from modified shipping containers in keeping with the nautical theme of the spa. The containers have large cantilevered green roofs that visually integrate the buildings with the surrounding gardens when viewed from the boat. The roofs are partially perforated to create a variety of lighting conditions throughout the spa for visitors to enjoy.
Matthew’s responsibilities on this project entailed conceptual design and design development including full 3d model production, drawings and renderings, as well as supervision and execution of construction drawings.