The new Green Star development, a luxury hotel and convention space, is one of five floating properties under construction in the breathtaking Maldives. The ambitious project is part of a plan to reduce sinking islands in the area and replace them with reinforced man-made ones.
With the support of the Maldives government, the entire green project was designed by the innovative Waterstudio.NL, while architecture specialists Dutch Docklands will construct and engineer the project, which is due to be completed in 2015.
Docklands Dutch has already showcased its experience by building floating islands for prisons and housing from slabs of concrete and polystyrene foam.
A private island the Green Star will neighbour the Ocean Flower waterfront residencies, 18-hole floating golf course the Royal Indian Ocean Club and others, with the five islands situated on 800 hectares of water.
The golf course will be powered by solar energy and the islands will be anchored to the seabed using strong cables that can withstand storms, minimising damage to the seabed and wildlife.
The Ocean Flower has already started selling units, with prices for waterfront villas starting at $950,000 per property and estimated to reach up to two million dollars.
Dutch Docklands CEO Paul van de Camp has said the project will stand as an exclusive green development in a marine-protected area.
“We told the president of the Maldives we can transform you from climate refugees to climate innovators,” he said.
“The Green Star will blend-in naturally with the existing surrounding islands. The green covered star-shape building symbolises Maldivians innovative route to conquer climate change,” a Dutch Docklands spokesperson said.
The Green Star will include 800 rooms and a conference centre for 2,000 people. Due to the environmental credentials of the project, developers are expecting the hotel to be the number one destination for conventions that focus on climate change, sustainability and water management.
The Maldives, now a carbon-neutral country, is considered a leader in sustainable developer and an active contributor to green initiatives to protect their paradise.
Situated just six feet above sea level, the 1,192 islands that make up the Maldives are the lowest country in the world in terms of altitude. The country relies on fishing and tourism as its primary economic industries, both of which are at risk of natural disasters and rising sea levels.
If global warming and climate change continue at the current rate, the Maldives is predicted to be underwater by the year 2100.