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Brief Published: 12 Jul 2011

Floating Hotels


With space on land being pushed to its limits thanks to relentless urbanisation, water has become a very real new frontier for architects to extend their vision. While residential spaces are the focus of our recent report Waterway Living, the hospitality industry is swiftly following suit, with two new floating hotels coming to our attention just this week.

First up is the idiosyncratic Boggsville Boatel, New York, launched by artist Constance Hockaday in conjunction with local art gallery Flux Factory (via whom potential guests procure rooms). Situated at Marina 59 in Far Rockaway, Queens, the Boatel consists of six seafaring vessels moored around a central platform in the middle of a small bay. There is also a Boat-In theatre providing cinematic entertainment for guests.

Artistic director of Flux Factory Jean Barberis told the New York Times: "When you think about it, the water is the last remaining open public space. As artists and creative people venture more and more into the outer boroughs, there’s less and less unclaimed territory on land. But the water is still completely open.”

Drawing on the same idea, but still in the conceptual stages, Serbian architect Ivan Filipovic has designed a larger floating hotel aimed at luxury travellers, with a somewhat intrepid nature. Arranged around a central base containing hotel amenities, with 22 sleeping modules, the hotel can anchor in a safe bay, allowing the modules to detach and explore the surrounding area.

Boggsville Boatel and Boat-In Theatre