A way for property developers to fight rising sea levels: Make sure it floats

Solutions for the water level rising: floating farms and floating hotels.

All aboard the world’s first floating dairy farm in Rotterdam. Peter van Wingerden, founder of the Dutch property development company Beladon, built the barge in 2012, hearing that floods from Hurricane Sandy had crippled New York City’s food distribution system, he imagined that waterborne urban farms could boost food security.

A quarter of the Netherlands is below sea level. Why 1,500-pound bovines? If they could put big animals inside the city on a floating barge, they could do anything.

The floating farm in ROtterdam.

Floating hotels form the 2022 Soccer World Cup

A real-estate investor is building 16 hotels for the 2022 soccer World Cup in Qatar, but they won’t be there for long. All of them will be floating on water.

The Finnish company behind the project called Admares, reached a deal last month to build the temporary lodging. Chief Executive Mikael Hedberg got the idea for Admares, which specializes in floating buildings and modular construction, during his time in the shipbuilding industry and running a company to build floating housing for oil workers.

From the Hustle.com: Buoyant bovine farms and flotillas of hotels are part of a new trend in real estate — the floating kind. The Wall Street Journalreports that a Finnish company reached a deal to build 16 hotels for the 2022 World Cup soccer tournament, in Qatar. The floatels will rest in the Persian Gulf. They may sound odd, but the projects aren’t lost at sea In fact, they make sense for cities that are already vulnerable to rising waters. Take Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, where 25% of the country is already below sea level. A developer is building a 54k sq.-ft. office building that will float in the city’s harbor. The building will house the climate-focused Global Center on Adaptation.The harbor also has a floating dairy farm that’s home to dozens of seaworthy cows. Oil rigs have already proven that it’s possible for humans to build huge structures that withstand the aquatic elements.  The biggest question still bobbing on the surface appears to be regulation, and how local governments will shape the rules if their residents want to set sail for good.

Max Francisco