Crystal Lagoons is an international company with 16 offices around the world, which has developed and patented a state-of-the-art technology that enables crystalline lagoons of unlimited sizes to be built and maintained at very low costs, offering an idyllic beach lifestyle anywhere in the world.
The company is also a leader in innovation and technology, focused on improving people’s lives by helping to solve some of the world’s biggest problems such as water scarcity, energy, pollution and lack of open public spaces.
Crystal Lagoons is the only company in the world able to provide this technology, patented in 190 countries. The technology is transforming real estate markets, and we also offer this amenity in the public sector, with its concept that aims to transform cities into idyllic beaches, offering paradise-like views steps away from the homes of thousands of people.
After only one year of operation, Crystal Lagoons was valued at 1.8 billion dollars by the Boston Consulting Group, which is an international record. During recent years, it has experienced a dramatic increase in sales due to the opening of many new offices around the world, and we expect the number of projects to continue increasing.
The Innovator’s Dream
The story about Fernando Fischmann’s entrepreneurship and the development of the first lagoon is inspiring, especially the way in which he overcame many problems and difficulties until he succeeded in developing the Crystal Lagoons technology and how he achieved local and international expansion in a short period of time. His story has become a case study in many renowned universities around the world.
In 1997, Fernando began planning the second home real estate development of San Alfonso del Mar in Algarrobo, a small town on Chile’s central coast. While the site featured beautiful ocean views and was close to the capital, Santiago, the local shoreline was unattractive due to its bitterly cold waters, the presence of large waves, and dangerous undercurrents that posed many risks to bathers. In fact, swimming was prohibited in that area due to the dangerous conditions.
To overcome these problems, he dreamed of creating a massive lagoon with clear turquoise waters that would provide visitors with the chance to swim and enjoy watersports in a safe and clean environment. As a result, he began planning the San Alfonso del Mar development, where he engaged a well-known local company to provide a technology to maintain the lagoon with excellent water quality at low costs.
This company implemented a technology, but it did not work. Shortly after the initial filling of the lagoon, the water turned green and murky, and did not have the transparency or turquoise color he envisioned. The company he retained could not solve the problem, leaving Fernando with a built-out lagoon with poor water quality.
To solve this problem and in search of a technology that would allow him to achieve crystalline water in this large lagoon at low costs, Fernando Fischmann met with world renowned companies throughout Europe, Australia, the United States, and many other countries. He was repeatedly told that the technology he was seeking did not exist and could not be developed.
The San Alfonso del Mar project included a 20 acre (8-hectare) lagoon with a volume of 250,000 m3 (66 million gallons), equivalent to 6,000 swimming pools. If conventional swimming pool technology were used, 6,000 filters and 6,000 doses of chlorine would be required to maintain it. This was economically unviable. Furthermore, the largest pools in the world in existence at the time, with more than 1 acre (about half a hectare) in water surface, had many problems and extremely high operational costs, which eventually caused them to close and cease their operations.
Since he is a trained biochemist, Fernando decided to conduct research himself. He created a laboratory for experimentation and analysis and, after 7 years, succeeded in developing the Crystal Lagoons technology. This revolutionary innovation enables the development and maintenance of clear water lagoons of unlimited sizes anywhere in the world, at very low costs. The technology has been patented worldwide to protect the innovation and to allow different options to be evaluated for commercialization.
San Alfonso del Mar was initially conceived as a second home development with a total of 400 units. However, after Crystal Lagoons technology was applied in the project’s lagoon, the success was so big that it was decided to expand the development, reaching a total of 1,400 units and with prices twice as high as at the outset.
A completely new concept was created by Fernando: not a conventional swimming pool, this large crystalline lagoon changed the local landscape in a revolutionary way, not only by creating a safe and attractive place for swimming and other water sports, but also by creating spectacular views and opportunities to engage in recreational activities, promenades, develop restaurants, among other facilities around the lagoon, transforming and invigorating the entire community.
San Alfonso del Mar, the first project in the world to employ this innovative technology, quickly established itself as the most successful second home resort in the southern hemisphere. The originality of this concept and technology was reinforced commercially when the clear water lagoon in San Alfonso del Mar, 20 acres (8 hectares) in size and 0.6 miles (1 kilometer) in length, was awarded the 2007 Guinness World Record for the largest crystalline man-made lagoon in the world.
In 2007, Fernando founded the company Crystal Lagoons, with the objective of marketing and commercializing this innovative concept and technology, initially focusing on real estate developments worldwide. Also, he needed to create a business model that would allow the success obtained in San Alfonso del Mar to be replicated in other real estate projects around the world. He developed a completely innovative model in the real estate market, which he defined under the concept of “selling intelligence”. So, using a royalty-based model, Crystal Lagoons licenses the technology and charges a percentage of the sales of the project. At the same time, it provides all the materials, equipment, and chemical products that are manufactured exclusively for the licensees of Crystal Lagoons technology.
Crystal Lagoons, led by Fernando, has continuously developed new water treatment technologies, and patented them in 190 countries worldwide. The company has also licensed the technology and partnered with the most important local and international real estate companies.
Today, it has a portfolio of more than 600 projects in different stages of planning, design, construction or operation, including urban, tourism, public, and industrial projects, in 60 countries. With presence in 5 continents, projects powered by Crystal Lagoons technology can be found in the United States, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, Thailand, Indonesia, Jordan, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Spain, Australia, among other countries.
Given the innovative features of the technologies developed by Crystal Lagoons, the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) valued the company at US$1.8 billion after only one year of operation. It is important to highlight that none of the big technology companies like Facebook, Google, or Microsoft, have reached such a high valuation in such a short period of time.
As a result of creating a solution of global impact to overcome a problem that seemed impossible to solve, Crystal Lagoons has revolutionized people’s lifestyles around the world. Today, the company’s vision of quality of life is not just a dream but a reality for hundreds of thousands of families around the world living in their own tropical paradise.
Who We Are
Fernando Fischmann has developed and patented various technologies that have enabled a change in people’s lifestyles around the world, with a portfolio of over 2.000 patents in 190 countries globally. Today, his scientific efforts are focused on the development of a wide variety of industrial applications that enable world problems to be solved, such as energy, water scarcity and environmental degradation.
Fernando is an influential scientist, innovator, and entrepreneur, whose technologies are generating high impact worldwide. As a scientist–he is a biochemist by profession–he has developed and patented several technologies that have brought about changes in people’s lifestyles around the world, with a portfolio of more than 2,000 patents in 190 countries globally.
The main focus of the technologies developed by Fernando has been to purify water with minimal use of chemicals and energy. The first application of this technology has enabled very large clear water lagoons to be built and maintained for recreational purposes such as bathing, practicing aquatic sports and swimming, at very low costs. Over the years, he has continued to develop and patent different technologies related to the treatment of large volumes of water for recreational and ornamental uses, which have been applied to different projects around the world.
Fernando’s focus has also been to work on public lagoon projects that will change the urban way of life as we know it, revitalizing and transforming entire neighborhoods, bringing a beach life to cities located far from the sea and giving the opportunity for many people to have access to a lifestyle, generating the new meeting point of 21st. century.
Furthermore, Fernando has continued to develop new applications. One of his latest innovations are “floating lagoons”, which consist of proprietary floating lagoon structures that are installed within large water bodies and connected to land via floating decks, which completely change the local context by creating beach life without the use of additional land. Today, he has now focused his scientific efforts on developing a wide variety of industrial applications that enable worldwide problems to be solved, such as energy and water scarcity, as well as environmental degradation.
Thanks to these innovations and his entrepreneurial spirit, and as a unique feature, Fernando has received the awards for Entrepreneur of the Year, Innovator of the Year, and Businessman of the Year, as well as a large number of awards. He recently received two Gold Stevie® Awards (considered to be the Oscars of the Business World and previously given to Steve Jobs from Apple and Jeff Bezos from Amazon) as “Innovator of the Year” for his sustainable vision of water usage, and “Innovation of the Year” for his water desalination technology without the use of energy, which were awarded in October 2016 in Rome, Italy.
Furthermore, he was awarded with the Green Apple Environment Award for two consecutive years for his sustainable cooling technology, at ceremonies in the House of Commons of London’s Westminster Palace. Additionally, he has received the “Real Innovator Award”, from the UK’s London Business School. Other recognitions include the Green Gadget Award from the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, the Best New Business award from the Great Miami Chamber of Commerce, two Guinness World Records for the largest crystalline lagoons in the world, and the National Environmental Award, to name just a few.
He is the founder and Chairman of Crystal Lagoons, where in 9 years from its foundation the company is currently participating in more than 600 projects in different stages of planning, design, construction or operation in 60 countries. Today, his multinational company, Crystal Lagoons, is expanding exponentially around the world with 16 offices that license the Crystal Lagoons concept and technology.
His innovations have been covered by more than 10,000 publications all over the world, including important international media such as The Wall Street Journal, NBC, CNN, USA Today, BusinessWeek, Popular Mechanics, Travel Channel, Reader´s Digest, BBC, Reuters, Fuji, National Geographic, and Galileo TV, among others.
Fernando is currently a Director on the Board of the German scientific Fraunhofer Institute, Europe’s most important organization for applied sciences. Also, he is frequently invited to be a keynote speaker at important universities such as Harvard, MIT, London Business School, UCLA, and Babson, among others.
Kevin joined Crystal Lagoons as Chief Executive Officer of Crystal Lagoons US, Corp. in June 2012. In May 2016 he took on responsibilities as Executive Vice President.
Prior to joining Crystal Lagoons, Morgan held various roles, for over a decade, at The John Buck Company (JBC). JBC is an international real estate development and private equity funds manager.
Morgan also served as Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Board Member at John Buck International (JBI) from 2007-2011, based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. JBI had over $7.5 billion in real estate projects when it sold its shareholding interests in June 2011.
Morgan earned his Executive MBA from The University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and holds a bachelor of science in management information systems and international business from Miami University.
What We Offer
Crystal Lagoons licenses its technology and partners up with real estate and recreational developers from the public and private sectors around the world, providing its innovative concept and state-of-the-art technology through a license agreement for each project.
With the Crystal Lagoons concept and technology, it is possible to create a beach lifestyle and tropical paradise anywhere in the world, transforming the local landscape and creating a magical turquoise water environment whose apartments, houses, beach, restaurants, etc. can be enjoyed year-round.
The know-how provided by Crystal Lagoons includes:
- Licensing of Intellectual Property (Patents, brands, etc.).
- Architectural conceptual design and specifications.
- Compact modules with multifunctional intelligent systems to operate the lagoons.
- Design criteria package.
- Supervision of the construction.
- Start-up of the lagoon.
- Training of operations and maintenance personnel.
- Permanent remote telemetric monitoring, control, and operation.
- Provision of specially designed proprietary equipment, systems, and supplies.
- Marketing support.
Work With Us
We invite you to take part in one of the most innovative and unique challenges in the world
- Sustainable technology patented in over 190 countries
- 16 offices in every continent
- Fast Growth
- More than 600 projects in different stages of planning, design, construction or operation
MULTIPLE OPPORTUNITIES OF DEVELOPMENT
- R+D: Research and development for the improvement, application and development of new technologies. Also, the IP department (within R+D) manages the company's intellectual property from around the world.
- Legal: Study of standards around the world. Negotiation and structuring of commercial contracts.
- Sales & Marketing: Worldwide commercial operation. Negotiation of contracts.
- Architecture: Development of architectural concept proposal for potential clients.
- Operations: Management of the different mechanical and hydraulic systems operating in the lagoons around the world from the Crystal Lagoons Control Center, to ensure excellent water quality all year round.
- Engineering: Development of basic and technical engineering plans for projects.
- Administration & Finance: Management of assets, accounting and management control, systems and human resources.
- Branding: Management of the company’s image and brand development.
Please find in this section some Frequently Asked Questions related to Crystal Lagoons technology.
One of the big advantages that the Crystal Lagoons concept and technology carries is that it can be implemented at very low construction costs. As a point of comparison, the construction costs of our clear water lagoons can be ten times lower than that of a golf course, and even lower than a public park of the same dimensions.
For real estate, the best way to acquire Crystal Lagoons technology is through a license given to each specific project, which includes a license to use the patented technology, along with the know-how that is necessary for its adequate implementation. Crystal Lagoons charges a royalty that corresponds to a small percentage of the real estate project sales, only a small portion of the enormous value that this concept and technology creates and adds to the project. For Public Access Lagoons the business model is so simple. Crystal Lagoons generates a partnership with developers and earns a small percentage of the entrance ticket income.
Yes, the know-how that Crystal Lagoons delivers includes consultation from the preliminary to final stages of the project. Our team of architects studies the applicability of the concept and technology in each project, delivering a conceptual design that shows how to add maximum value through the never before seen impact of a crystalline lagoon, always maintaining the original idea and look of the project.
As part of the provided know-how, Crystal Lagoons provides consultancy from the start of the project. It delivers the information needed (basic and detailed engineering plans and specifications) for any local professional contractor to be able to execute the project without any problem. It is important to mention that construction costs are paid to the local construction company, or the specific supplier of proprietary equipment, materials, or supplies for the construction and/or operation of the lagoon, not to Crystal Lagoons. To ensure quality, specialized Crystal Lagoons professionals provide supervision of the construction, filling and implementation of the lagoon. We also train maintenance personnel to ensure the quality standards are followed. Furthermore, it supplies special Crystal Lagoons equipment and additives and remotely controls the physicochemical variables of the water and the system’s operating valves. This is so that it can ensure permanent compliance with high quality standards for its clients.
One of the great advantages of the Crystal Lagoons concept and technology is that it can be implemented at low construction and operational costs. Maintenance costs of Crystal Lagoons technology (including labor, energy and additives) are considerably lower when compared to other amenities, such as parks of the same size. The maintenance costs associated with this revolutionary technology are much lower due to the efficient use of resources that enable up to 100 times less additives to be used than for conventional pool and drinking water technologies and only 2% of the energy required by conventional filtration systems.
The lagoons can be built at practically any depth, but we do recommend that in certain sectors the minimum depth is 7.9 feet (2.4 meters). The intense turquoise color can be increased with depths over 2.4 meters, and additionally this prevents the presence of bathers that can interfere with the safe practice of water sports. When it is difficult to build deeper lagoons, it is possible to use special proprietary color membranes that allow the creation of the Crystal Lagoons turquoise color with shallower depths.
Crystalline lagoons consume up to 2% of the energy used by traditional filtration systems of swimming pools, making this technology efficient and sustainable.
Our lagoons use up to 100 times less chemical products than conventional pools and drinking water treatment technologies. This allows for the Crystal Lagoons concept and technology to be ecological and safe.
This innovative technology has very low water consumption because our lagoons operate on a closed circuit, and are filled just once, so it is only necessary to compensate for the losses due to evaporation. So, using a concrete example, we can say that a 2.5 acre-sized lagoon consumes up to 50% less water than a park of the same size. Meanwhile, if we compare an average-sized lagoon with a golf course, our lagoons can consume up to 30 times less water. Additionally, the Crystal Lagoons technology is continuously improved, with new associated patents and we have developed a new technology that reduces evaporation by up to 50% using a control film.
Crystal Lagoons technology can operate equally well with freshwater, seawater or brackish water. Most of these types of water have no alternative use, so our technology provides a sustainable solution for the efficient use of these resources. We currently operate lagoons using all of these types of water.
Direct rain does not have any negative effect on our lagoons. However, the lagoon location should be considered, as well as any adjacent constructions, in order to avoid rainwater runoff into the lagoon. These are factors considered in all projects and our Crystal Lagoons team has vast experience in dealing with them.
With architectural, construction and scenic details, we avoid organic compounds, dirt and atmospheric dust entering the lagoon, whether from a nearby location or blown by the wind. However, this is not a requirement of our technology, but simply to avoid additional labor to remove this waste from the lagoon.
Crystal Lagoons has developed technical solutions that allow lagoons to be built under these conditions.
Our lagoons use a membrane that has been developed according to our specifications and under our brand, made exclusively for our licensees in the United States. The membrane characteristics vary from project to project, and are defined by our interdisciplinary engineering team according to the particular geographic, geological and meteorological details of the area.
The membrane color plays an important role in the final water color. The membrane we normally use is a special white color, developed by our Research and Development department. However, different tonalities of membranes can be developed based on the specific requirements of each project and our clients’ needs.
The membrane has an expected life of over 20 years, and is under a 10 year warranty with the supplier.
Crystal Lagoons recommends building lagoons with a surface larger than 1.2 acres in order to allow sailing and practicing water sports, and therefore to create a large body of water that is unique and impressive, and that adds incalculable value to the project. On top of that, these lagoons come at such low construction and maintenance costs, that making these massive clear water bodies is economically viable. However, it is possible to develop smaller lagoons depending on the specifications of each project.
The hydraulic and mechanical systems are monitored, controlled, and operated remotely by Crystal Lagoons from our Control Center. This enables us to ensure that water quality is maintained within our established parameters, guaranteeing high quality regardless of the location of the lagoon.
Very small areas are required, and these vary depending on the characteristics of the project.