Bota Bota Gardens
GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN – 9th edition
In the shadow of the former Old Port grain silos, the secluded Bota Bota Gardens project is an unparalleled haven of relaxation where guests can enjoy a unique thermal spa experience. The gardens feature different pavilions—built using recycled shipping containers—each with a specific function, including a relaxation area, steam bath and mechanical room. Their green roofs have perforated edges that create a wonderful interplay of light and shadow. The pavilions surround a pool composed of three irregularly shaped basins. The relaxation zones, fireplace and yoga platform add to the serene atmosphere of this relaxing refuge. The architects faced a number of technical challenges, including heating the outdoor spa’s floor and pool, which they solved by installing a geothermal heating system that recovers energy from the river and the boat’s waste water. The clean, minimalist lines of the project reflect the surrounding environment, creating an uncommon urban retreat. The jury considered it to be an excellent example of a top-notch tourist destination and awarded Mu architecture with the Spa award for these extraordinary gardens.