With global warming slowly extending its wrath over the world, countries have become more aware and are putting effort in lessening the toll that it brings. The catastrophe that it brings to Earth is not unknown to all. In fact, the United Nations have already predicted that small islands like Maldives, Seychelles, and Hawaii, are on the front lines of global warming.
A “Maldives Airport, Economic Zone Development” competition was conducted where Beijing and New York-based design studio CAA Architects has placed first place. Their design is a futuristic, sustainable, energy-producing on the east coast part of Hulhumale, Maldives.
The nature-inspired design connects the city with the ocean, where they got the name Ocean’s Heaven. The eco-city features unique and striking sinuous buildings that are covered with green roofs as well as solar panels and will be able to produce all the energy that it will be needing for the whole site.
The project will be commissioned by Maldives central government in partnership with Beijing Urban Construction Group Co. An example of the increasing influence of China over the archipelago country.
Two-thirds of the 100,000 sq.m. site will be occupied by the mixed use development. Ocean’s Heaven is designed to promote high-density urban living with public transportation that consists of both water and land commuting. Ample green space including the beautiful sky gardens will further strengthen the ties of the development with nature.
Among the amenities to be expected from this unique site are: a centralized cultural center, dining establishments, a business hotel, shopping centres, island transport hub, convention center, international trade center, and an airport company service center. These will serve as the site’s “nervous system.”
Another unique factor of this project is that it will draw power from tidal waves in order to generate 70 percent of the electricity needed to power the whole project. This is in addition to the solar photovoltaic arrays that will be mounted on the buildings and the “nervous system” sculptural canopy elements that run along the boardwalk. Passive cross ventilation and rain harvesting will also be incorporated with the design.
The project will be constructed in two phases and is projected to complete in 2021.