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Sustainable Maldives Private Island Resort Features Solar-Powered Roof

Sustainable Maldives Private Island Resort Features Solar-Powered Roof

The Kudadoo Maldives Private Island resort is distinguished by solar photo-voltaic roof that generates electricity to power the entire three-hectare island retreat

New York-based architectural firm Yuji Yamazaki Architecture (YYA) designed the Kudadoo Maldives Private Island that started recently in Lhaviani Atoll, Maldives. YYA integrated the solar panels into the island’s overall design to make it sustainable for tourism. The 320-kWp (kW peak) solar system generates electricity to power the entire three-hectare (7.4-ac) island retreat without the 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 is developed with eco-friendly materials, such as timber from sustainably certified forests in Canada, New Zealand, and Indonesia. The architecture of the island 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.

Moreover, the resort features a large resort style swimming pool and outdoor deck, restaurant, bar and wine cellar. Each private villa includes an open floor plan 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. 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 such as diving, snorkeling, sailing, fishing, day trips and an abundance of water sports are available.