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.

Kudadoo resort

“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.

kududu resort

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.

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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.

terrace overlooking the sea

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.

view from above

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: