Bridgette Meinhold

Historic Ferryboat Renovated Into a Floating Spa

by , 12/22/10

bota bota, green renovation, floating spa, montreal, sid lee, green design, sustainable architecture

Rooms located in the lower decks are kept dark and tranquil to provide guests with a secluded and quiet space for relaxation. As guests travel closer to the top deck, the spaces open up with more light with a greater connection to nature and the surrounding waters. Over 650 porthole windows were added via prefab metal panels in many places to provide more light as well as texture to the boat.

The boat now stands stationary in the water, no longer running on dirty and polluting diesel engines. Hooked to shore-tied grid energy, the boat runs much more efficiently and utilizes a geothermal heat pump to increase energy efficiency. An open geothermal loop in a reservoir next to the boat uses the relatively constant temperature of the water to aid in heating and cooling. Visitors to the floating spa must first cross over Quai des éclusiers and the train bridge and enter the classic style garden, which stands in stark contrast to the industrial landscape of the Old Port.

+ Bota Bota

+ Sid Lee

Via Fast Co. Design

Images © Sid Lee

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