New York-based architectural firm Yuji Yamazaki Architecture (YYA) has completed a project for a private island, Kudadhoo, in the Maldives, which has opened on Laviani Atoll. With a focus on sustainability, this exclusive retreat features an impressive photovoltaic roof. When creating plans for the island resort, YYA wanted to integrate solar panels into the island’s overall design, hoping to showcase the full potential of eco-tourism.
“Traditional solar panels are hidden in inconspicuous areas in the Maldives and have no other function than generating power. At Kudadhoo, the photovoltaic roof is part of the exterior and a distinctive feature of the resort,” the company said in a statement.
“The solar concept should be as informative and persuasive as it is productive. At a glance, visitors can appreciate the size of the solar roof and then understand the connection to the scale of the resort it serves. The solar panels at Kudada not only maximize electricity generation, but also minimize consumption by allowing sunlight to pass through the gaps between the panels and minimizing the use of artificial light during the day.”
The 320 kW (peak power) solar system on Kudadoo Island generates enough electricity to power the entire 3 hectare island resort without the need for any additional power supply such as diesel fuel. In addition, the initial cost of installing the entire solar system is expected to pay off in as little as five years.
Each residence is built with sustainably sourced materials such as certified timber from the forests of Canada, New Zealand and Indonesia. The architecture of the island also incorporates passive house elements such as natural light during the day and plenty of natural airflow. Over 50 percent of the private outdoor decks of all Water Villas are designed to have at least five hours of shade per day.
Residences with one or two bedrooms are available to guests and are located in a sandy lagoon. Each private villa features an open floor plan with a king size bed, large living room, open bathroom, handcrafted furniture, Tasmanian oak flooring, eco-cooling system, large private outdoor terrace with panoramic sea views, private small swimming pool and personal butler.
The resort also features a large resort-style pool and outdoor terrace, restaurant, bar and wine cellar. Guests can dine in private in their villa, or visit any of the local culinary establishments, including the nearby 5.8 Undersea Restaurant. Local activities include diving, snorkeling, sailing, fishing, day trips and a host of water sports.
As you may have guessed, living on the private island of Kudadoo Maldives is not cheap. Prices for one night for two people in a One-Bedroom Residence start at $4,000 before taxes and fees. If you can’t afford it, you can get an idea of the holiday in the video below: