Exploring hospitality expansion

building on land vs. on water

In the competitive landscape of the hospitality industry, maximizing the value of your investment is essential, especially when it comes to land acquisition for holiday resort development. Exploring innovative solutions such as building floating bungalows, a floating restaurant, or a hospitality center on water can optimize the utilization of your resources and enhance the appeal of your resort. In this blog, we’ll explore the cost-effective and space-maximizing benefits of water-based construction for hotels and recreational parks. Whether you’re considering waterfront property or already own one, dive into our comparison of land versus water development.

Embracing water-based building solutions

When considering expansion options, cost is a pivotal factor. For hospitality units, when the cost of purchasing land and constructing or expanding buildings exceeds €3,500 per square meter, floating becomes an option. At this price point, water-based recreational homes emerge as competitive alternatives to traditional land-based construction. This threshold sparks a paradigm shift, compelling designers and developers to explore innovative solutions such as building on water. 

If your park has reached maximum capacity and further expansion on land is unfeasible, consider constructing additional bungalows on the water. The scarcity of available land makes water-based projects a strategic choice, despite the initial investment. Whether it involves floating bungalows, restaurants, or other amenities, investing in water-based infrastructure presents an opportunity to capitalize on untapped potential and address the growing demand for hospitality services. With land becoming increasingly scarce and no room left for expansion, opting for water-based development not only maximizes space utilization but also ensures a sustainable and profitable future for your business.

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Comparing land vs. water construction in hospitality

  • Maximizing asset potential: with land resources exhausted and further acquisition deemed financially unfeasible, building on water emerges as a strategic business move to capitalize on existing assets. Water-based bungalows, restaurants, and amenities hold immense appeal for tourists seeking unique experiences, elevating the value proposition of parks offering such accommodations.
  • Cost effectiveness: when considering costs, building on land typically involves expenses related to land acquisition, construction materials, and labor. But in locations where land is scarce and expensive, the need to utilize every inch of available space becomes imperative. Blue21, as a trusted partner, understands this need and offers innovative solutions for water-based construction. Water-based construction offers a cost-effective solution for hospitality expansion, maximizing space utilization and potentially reducing overall project costs. 
  • Time efficiency: with land becoming increasingly limited, the urgency to expedite expansion projects is heightened. Construction processes for water-based projects offer a solution to this challenge.
  • Construction: while building on water presents a novel opportunity for expansion, it comes with its own set of challenges distinct from land-based construction. Expertise in this type of engineering is essential to efficiently navigate these obstacles. Developers must adapt prefabrication and modular construction methods specifically tailored to water-based projects to effectively utilize limited space and minimize disruption to existing surroundings. This approach enhances overall project sustainability and community acceptance.
  • Durability and environmental impact: durability is a crucial factor in hospitality construction, particularly in regions prone to natural disasters or environmental degradation. Structures built on land may face challenges such as soil erosion, seismic activity, and urban heat island effects. In contrast, water-based structures can offer inherent resilience to flooding, storm surges, and sea-level rise, contributing to long-term sustainability and environmental stewardship. Additionally, water storage is a notable feature of water-based constructions, providing benefits such as rainwater harvesting for irrigation or greywater systems for onsite use. Furthermore, the use of wood or recycled concrete, like New Horizon, is another environmentally engineered feature that enhances the eco-friendliness of water-based constructions. These sustainable practices not only reduce the environmental footprint but also contribute to the overall resilience and longevity of water-based hospitality units.

Benefits of building on water and Blue21 projects integration

Building hospitality units on water offers a plethora of advantages, from optimizing space utilization to championing environmental sustainability and inspiring innovative design solutions. People are increasingly drawn to the allure of living or vacationing on floating houses, adding a unique selling point for property owners. Blue21, a pioneer in floating developments, showcases these benefits through its innovative projects, including our own floating recreational home system. This distinctive feature not only meets the growing demand for waterfront living but also presents lucrative opportunities for property owners to rent out these sought-after locations for a premium.

  • Floating homes Markerwadden: in the Markermeer, Blue21 endeavors to connect humans back to nature by enabling them to reside on water while positively contributing to the ecological system. These floating homes not only offer a new nature experience but also contribute to water quality and habitat restoration. The structures create underwater surfaces conducive to ecological balance, allowing colonization by algae and mussels. Additionally, they create shelter zones, slowing currents and facilitating sedimentation and silt collection.
  • Affordable floating housing: Blue21’s affordable floating housing projects prioritize sustainability and ecological balance. Similar to the Markerwadden project, these structures create underwater surfaces conducive to habitat restoration and water quality improvement. By promoting colonization by algae, mussels, and helophyte filters, they contribute to environmental sustainability. Additionally, these structures slow currents and facilitate sedimentation and silt collection, further enhancing ecological performance.
  • Floating island French Polynesia: Blue21’s collaboration with Blue Frontiers in French Polynesia showcases innovative living solutions in response to sea-level rise. These floating platforms integrate seamlessly into the tropical climate, fostering vibrant communities and innovative living spaces. The projects prioritize environmental sustainability and community engagement, with ongoing studies and community-building initiatives laying the foundation for conscious and balanced sea settlements. Monitoring efforts like Indymo provide valuable insights into the environmental impact of these projects, ensuring their long-term viability and resilience.

Innovative Dynamic Monitoring for floating structures

Indymo (Innovative Dynamic Monitoring) plays a pivotal role in ensuring environmental sustainability for water-based projects. With case study locations across the Netherlands and a measurement campaign spanning from 2014 to 2020, Indymo utilizes cutting-edge technology such as drones, ROVs, and sensors to conduct high-resolution mapping of water quality and ecosystems. Blue21 collaborates closely with Indymo, integrating these findings into the planning and construction phases of water-based hospitality units. This partnership ensures that stakeholders can proactively address environmental concerns (more about the environmental impacts here: Impacts of floating urbanization on water quality and aquatic ecosystems: a study based on in situ data and observations by Rui L. Pedroso de Lima, Rutger E. de Graaf-van Dinther and Floris C. Boogaard) and ensure project sustainability from planning to execution. Additionally, further research can inform sustainable guidelines for expanding floating developments while minimizing ecological harm.

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Shaping the future of hospitality: exploring innovative water-based building solutions

In the dynamic landscape of hospitality, traditional land-based expansion faces challenges like land scarcity and soaring costs. Yet, building on water offers a savvy alternative, maximizing assets and meeting demand for unique experiences. Water-based bungalows and restaurants are high-value attractions for tourists, enhancing park appeal. Picture guests tying their boats to a floating bungalow — a blend of convenience and adventure. In embracing these innovations, we’re not just shaping hospitality’s future; we’re pioneering sustainable urban development.

Ready to explore the possibilities of building on water? Connect with us today to discover how water-based hospitality units can transform your expansion plans. Whether you’re a developer, architect, or part of a recreational park seeking to expand, let’s work together to realize your vision for sustainable and immersive hospitality experiences.