But, unfortunately, behind this beauty lies a huge environmental crisis associated with global warming and the inevitable rise in sea levels. The worst scenario is the disappearance of the most beautiful country in the world forever.
According to the UN program, 40% of the greenhouse gases that cause global warming are generated by active urban construction and immense energy consumption. It’s hard to believe, but this threat is like a dark shadow over the Maldives.
Everyone is committed to disaster prevention, from the government to architects developing innovative and sustainable tourism and lifestyle projects.
One of the most spectacular lifestyle projects in recent years was Ocean’s Heaven, which we want to tell you about. The project was developed by CAA Architects in 2018. The construction of the complex will begin in 2021. The project concept is based on the harmonization of the environment with urban life.
“When I look at the Indian Ocean, I feel the power beneath its peaceful surface. This becomes a powerful inspiration for me, a push to create this place of ocean wonders,” says one of the founders of CAA Architects about the complex.
The project location will cover 60,000 square meters, filled with rich modern infrastructures such as a transport hub for road and water, an aviation service center, an international trade center, conference halls, as well as, retail outlets, cafes, restaurants, hotels, and cultural facilities.
It would appear that everything seems quite familiar. However, this project is strikingly different because all the buildings of the complex will be raised above the water. So, concrete and iron piles won’t destroy the unique ecosystem of the world`s most beautiful coral archipelago.
Ocean’s Heaven will serve as the city’s energy incubator. In terms of design, it will be like the morphology of a coral that seems to have grown out of the ocean itself. In addition to this, it’s been constructed to functionally collect and filter the rainwater of the area/region, which will help to solve the problem with the drinking water of the archipelago. What’s more, the use of wind and solar energy will provide up to 70% of the total energy consumption of the Maldives.