The difficulties of developing a sustainable resort are daunting in the most secluded nation on earth

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Many architects would be thrilled to get an unfinished slate to design their dream project.

When the award-winning designer Yuji Yamazaki agreed to design the Kudadoo Maldives Private Island that was inaugurated in 2018 and is comprised of only 15 overwater homes, he was himself contemplating how his house could showcase the island, rather than the other way around.

His strategy was to build in a manner that accentuates the beauty of the island while using as little resources as is possible.

“The real concept is, how we can showcase this existing beautiful nature, meaning pristine, white beach and crystal clear water,” Yamazaki states. “Those are the elements that we wanted to preserve.”

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The first priority on the list The first item on the priority list is clean energy.

Solar power is becoming more prevalent throughout the Maldives, Yamazaki didn’t like how many resorts and hotels attempted to hide the panels from structures as though they were something sexy or unattractive.

Instead He and his team created their own solar panels, and they were integrated into the overall design that the hotel has. Now, Kudadoo remains the only privately owned island that is powered by solar power in the nation.

“We decided to just design one large public building with the solar power roof,” Yamazaki declares. “In terms of calculation of the power, that was enough scale footage to cover or supply the electricity throughout the island.”

Aerial views from the Kudadoo Resort.

Kudadoo Maldives Private Island

Alongside creating something that was beautiful and useful, Yamazaki had another goal with regard to his solar panels – education.

“When you go to Maldives, you typically arrive with sea plane or a boat, so the first impression of the resort is always a roof or building from far away,” the man says. “Instead of hiding it, we showed that we made it a main character of the island so that people (see it when they) arrive.”

That is exactly what Yamazaki was hoping to accomplish. Visitors to the Maldives might be looking for luxurious accommodations and stunning scenery The architect hopes that they depart with an understanding obligation to take care of the islands.

According to his perspective sustainability isn’t a gimmick that you hide behind a structure hidden from view. Instead, it’s a stunning design element that is placed in the most prominent spot feasible.

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GURAIDHOO, MALDIVES – OCTOBER 10: Tourists play volleyball on reclaimed land on October 10, 2021 in Guraidhoo, Maldives. A few years ago this coastline was heavily effected by erosion, until land was reclaimed from the sea. The Maldives is one of the world’s lowest-lying countries; more than 80% of Maldives land is less than one meter above sea levels, making it extremely vulnerable to climate change. At current global warming rates, 80% of the Maldives could be submerged by 2050. At the recent UN General Assembly, when discussing the threat of climate change, Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih said, “There is no guarantee of survival for any one nation in a world where the Maldives cease to exist.” (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

A sinking country

The islands that lie low in the Maldives are at risk due to climate changes.

According to predictions from NASA in collaboration together with United States Geographical Survey, the entire United States may be submerged by the year 2050.

Maldivian president Ibrahim Mohamed Solih addressed these questions in his speech during the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow in the year 2000.

He stated: “Our islands are slowly being inundated by the sea, one by one. If we do not reverse this trend, the Maldives will cease to exist by the end of this century.”

A Kudadoo villa is one of the 15.

Kudadoo Maldives Private Island

Yamazaki also sets off the alarm.

“The concern is really becoming more visible and loud. Sea is rising much faster than scientists predicted. The people in Maldives are very concerned. We’ve been walking on the new resorts and make sure there’s a lot of study done on erosion and shoreline protection.”

The architecture is trying to get active in his strategy.

“As an architect, we are there to build a new environment,” He declares. “We make sure that we showcase what’s going on under the water, not only sea level rising, but what’s happening on the sea temperature, why the coral is dying or why the fish migration is different this year…we also like to bring people’s attention to that as well.”

A section of the famous white sand in Kudadoo.

Kudadoo Maldives Private Island

In the coming years, as more people become aware of the importance of sustainability and look for properties that are powered by natural resources and energy resources, the designer is convinced that they will see more brands and destinations follow.

“I think a lot of developers, architects, investors … are becoming more conscious of why people come here — beyond the usual five star hotel accommodation. What are the best points? The water, the weather, the breeze, the view. I think those are the elements that are important. Instead of building the fun big swimming pool and the bar lounge, I think lot of investors are not only doing that but also, trying to allocate some of the profits to a local community to clean the environment.”

Private swimming pools, top wine lists, and doing that is good for the planet in the process? Well, now this sounds like luxurious.

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