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Impressive solar-powered island resort opens in the Maldives

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With a strong focus on sustainability, the Kudadoo Maldives Private Island resort is distinguished by its impressive photo-voltaic roof
With a strong focus on sustainability, the Kudadoo Maldives Private Island resort is distinguished by its impressive photo-voltaic roof
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With a strong focus on sustainability, the Kudadoo Maldives Private Island resort is distinguished by its impressive photo-voltaic roof
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With a strong focus on sustainability, the Kudadoo Maldives Private Island resort is distinguished by its impressive photo-voltaic roof
The wooden structure of the island retreat, including each residence, is built with eco-conscious materials
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The wooden structure of the island retreat, including each residence, is built with eco-conscious materials
Reception desk at Kudadoo Island
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Reception desk at Kudadoo Island
Eco-conscious materials, such as timber from sustainably certified forests in Canada, New Zealand and Indonesia, were used to build the resort
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Eco-conscious materials, such as timber from sustainably certified forests in Canada, New Zealand and Indonesia, were used to build the resort
Passive house features include a minimum of five hours of shade for the decks of the private residences and lots of natural airflow
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Passive house features include a minimum of five hours of shade for the decks of the private residences and lots of natural airflow
In creating the plans for the island resort, YYA wanted to integrate the solar panels into the island’s overall design
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In creating the plans for the island resort, YYA wanted to integrate the solar panels into the island’s overall design
Kudadoo Island showcases what is truly possible for sustainable tourism
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Kudadoo Island showcases what is truly possible for sustainable tourism
Two-bedroom villa deck
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Two-bedroom villa deck
Each private villa includes an open floorplan with king-size bed and large lounge
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Each private villa includes an open floorplan with king-size bed and large lounge
Kudadoo Maldives Private Island
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Kudadoo Maldives Private Island
The 320-kWp solar system at Kudadoo Island generates enough electricity to power the entire resort
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The 320-kWp solar system at Kudadoo Island generates enough electricity to power the entire resort
The architecture of the island also features passive house features, such as natural light during the day
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The architecture of the island also features passive house features, such as natural light during the day
The resort features a large swimming pool for guests
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The resort features a large swimming pool for guests
The resort features a restaurant, bar and wine cellar
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The resort features a restaurant, bar and wine cellar
The wooden structure of the island retreat, including each residence, is built with eco-conscious materials
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The wooden structure of the island retreat, including each residence, is built with eco-conscious materials
New York-based architectural firm Yuji Yamazaki Architecture (YYA) is behind the design of the Kudadoo Maldives Private Island that opened recently in the Maldives
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New York-based architectural firm Yuji Yamazaki Architecture (YYA) is behind the design of the Kudadoo Maldives Private Island that opened recently in the Maldives
 Each private villa includes an open bathroom and handmade furniture
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 Each private villa includes an open bathroom and handmade furniture
Bathroom interior at Kudadoo Maldives
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Bathroom interior at Kudadoo Maldives
One- or two-bedroom residences are available to guests and are located on the sand lagoon
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One- or two-bedroom residences are available to guests and are located on the sand lagoon
King-size bed in the one bedroom villa
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King-size bed in the one bedroom villa

New York-based architectural firm Yuji Yamazaki Architecture (YYA) is behind the design of the Kudadoo Maldives Private Island that opened recently in Lhaviani Atoll, Maldives. With a strong focus on sustainability, this exclusive holiday destination is distinguished by its impressive photovoltaic roof. In creating the plans for the island resort, YYA wanted to integrate the solar panels into the island's overall design, with the hopes of showcasing what is truly possible for sustainable tourism.

"Traditionally, solar panels are hidden in discreet areas in the Maldives and it does not have any other function, but in Kudadoo, [the] photovoltaic roof is decidedly visible and becomes the icon of the place," the company says. "Solar concept should be as informative and persuasive as it is productive. At a glance, visitors can assess the size of solar roof, and then comprehend the relationship to the scale of the resort served by it. As you get closer, the design of the building reveals geometry that not only maximize production of electricity by its angle, but also minimize consumption of electricity by allowing sunlight to come through the gaps between panels, minimizing the use of artificial light during the day."

The 320-kWp solar system at Kudadoo Island generates enough electricity to power the entire resort
The 320-kWp solar system at Kudadoo Island generates enough electricity to power the entire resort

The 320-kWp (kW peak) solar system at Kudadoo Island generates enough electricity to power the entire three-hectare (7.4-ac) island retreat without the need for any additional energy supply such as diesel fuel. Furthermore, it is anticipated that the initial expense to install the complete solar system will pay for itself in just five years.

The wooden structure of the island retreat, including each residence, is built with eco-conscious materials, such as timber from sustainably certified forests in Canada, New Zealand and Indonesia. The architecture of the island also features passive house features, such as natural light during the day and lots of natural airflow, while over 50 percent of the private outdoor decks of all the water villas are designed to have a minimum of five hours of shade each day.

One- or two-bedroom residences are available to guests and are located on the sand lagoon. Each private villa includes an open floorplan with king-size bed, large lounge, open bathroom, handmade furniture, Tasmanian Oak floors, eco-cooling system, large private outdoor deck with uninterrupted sea views, private infinity plunge pool and a personal butler.

Passive house features include a minimum of five hours of shade for the decks of the private residences and lots of natural airflow
Passive house features include a minimum of five hours of shade for the decks of the private residences and lots of natural airflow

The resort also features a large resort style swimming pool and outdoor deck, restaurant, bar and wine cellar. Guests can enjoy private dining in their villa or visit any of the local culinary destinations, including the nearby 5.8 Undersea Restaurant. Local activities include diving, snorkeling, sailing, fishing, day trips and an abundance of water sports.

As you've probably guessed, accommodation at Kudadoo Maldives Private Island doesn't come cheap. Prices for a single night for two people in a one-bedroom residence start from US$4,000, excluding taxes and fees.

If you can't afford that, you can get a taste of how the other half holidays in the video below.

Source: Yuji Yamazaki Architecture and Kudadoo Maldives Private Island

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1 comment
VincentWolf
Better yet make the roof with tesla roofing tiles and have no limits on design