Solar-Powered Private Resort Island Debuts in the Maldives

New York-based firm Yuji Yamazaki Architecture (YYA) has completed the new Kudadoo Maldives Private Island, which aims to set a new standard for sustainable tourism with elements including a roof clad with photovoltaic solar panels that power the entire hotel.

The design references the natural splendor of its surroundings with accommodations located upon the sand lagoon to preserve natural vegetation, including sea lettuce, coconut palm, beach hibiscus, screwpine, and iron wood. Breeze, shade, and views were key for the crafting of Kudadoo as well, which yielded the integration of operable full-height windows in villa or public spaces that allow for natural air ventilation. More than half of the private outdoor of each water villa is designed to enjoy at least five hours of shade during the day as well. “Egg crate” privacy screen systems are fixed between each villa as well.

The building’s own geometry is conceived in an effort to diminish electricity consumption throughout the day.


By Will Speros