Alexandra Kain

OFIS Unveils 4 Self-Sustaining Islands in Maldives

by , 04/27/09
filed under: Architecture

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Slovenian architect studio OFIS was recently granted a 25 year lease by the Maldivian government to develop a set of four islands into tropical eco resorts. Each island’s plan demonstrates concern for the local environment, the ability to self-sustain, and the developers’ genuine intent to maintain the cultural and ecological authenticity of the local area. Their proposal, which includes a 100-bed 5-star resort, will be spread throughout the islands with a variety of different accommodation styles, from bungalow to villa. This will all be done according to local law, of course, which, among other stipulations, requires that no building can be higher than the tallest tree on the island.

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OFIS selected their four islands from a pool of 14 available for the project. Local environmental experts surveyed the islands to determine designs and methods most compatible with reef, wind and sun patterns, and local vegetation. The proposed construction materials are locally sourced bamboo, straw and wood that will be prefabricated on the mainland as much as possible.

The first island, Funamadua, is a relaxing sanctuary with seaview verandas and a spa. The second, Hadahaa, connects to a local village. Villas wrap around the island giving each one a private patio. The third and fourth islands, Konotta and Randheli, include similar offshore dwellings where visitors will feel like they are simply floating above the sea.

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Via ArchDaily

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3 Comments

  1. ViNARCHZ May 21, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Is Anyone still know something about Tshunami?

  2. ffdg April 28, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    If you realy want to live under islamic sharia law you can go ahead.
    Even if these islands look great I would never go there with this religion ruling.

    According to islamic law no building must be taller than the minaret of the mosque not the tallest tree.

  3. Green-Goblin April 28, 2009 at 11:52 am

    What an island, wish I lived there! Instead I’m stuck in England…lol Some really good stories here. Hopefully we can get more people thinking about their carbon footprints.

    Everyone should check out the winning videos from this great competition at the Tomorrows World site

    http://www.tomorrowsworldcompetition.com/

    They asked student to think of ways to inform the public on climate change, flooding, and how water efficiency can turn things around. I think their videos are great, definitely worth your time!

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