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."