The Maldivian people elected President Mohammed Nasheed, who pledged to keep the Maldives from the threat of climate change. In 2017 the floating city was in the early planning stages for The Maldives, which are the lowest lying island chain and archipelago in the world. These artificial islands could have severe consequences for the surrounding ecosystem, so the developers have spent years creating an ecologically favorable design. The foundations can be concrete, steel or composite, depending on size and location, and are anchored with a strong cable. There is a flat, smooth surface underneath with no curved edges, so marine life can thrive.
The government of Maldives partnered with the global leader in floating developments, concepts, and infrastructure Dutch Docklands to build the floating city in the country. The project consists of building 5,000 floating homes in the lagoon area, expecting the population to go up to 15,000 with mosques, schools and other necessary facilities being available. Two resorts and a yacht marina will also be established around the city to provide job opportunities. The work of MFC is to begin in September this year, while the major installation work will go through in the upcoming year.
A New Residential Development for Male’
The floating city is planned to be developed within a ten-minute distance from Male’ and Hulhule’. The project will be the first of its kind to ever be developed in the world, and upon completion, is expected to house thousands. Work on the project is scheduled to begin in 2022. Once complete, the city will span a lagoon of 200 hectares, comprising of various establishments such as residences, shops, and hospitals. All the establishments will be designed and developed to float on shallow water.
Maldives Floating City
MFC buildings will be low-rise and facing the sea, with shops, homes and services precisely positioned along tidy palm-lined streets. While MFC floats up top, island barriers around the lagoon will serve as breakers down below. This ingenious configuration lessens the impact of lagoon waves while stabilizing the structures on the surface.
A Floating Multiple Use Development
The 5 Lagoons Project – 80 million square feet – will include: a private islands project with $10 million villas; a floating 18-hole golf course with an undersea tunnel; a conference complex and hotel. 185 $1-million waterfront homes connected along a flower-shaped quay as well as a separate floating island with homes for residents of Malé, the country’s capital. The first phase of the project will go on sale later this year.
Building in Harmony with Nature
Throughout the project, sandy beaches will help stabilize and protect key structures within the lagoon. Outside, massive coral reefs will feature hotels, restaurants, and shops. Every residence will be sea-front, with individual units sized from 100 square meters and upwards, plus roof terrace, and priced from $250,000.
The Visionaries Behind the Project
Paul Van de Camp, chief executive officer of Dutch Docklands, and his company worked for two years with the Maldivian government to come up with a plan. Key to the deal was allowing foreign ownership of the high-end villas that would be constructed. The floating islands will not hurt or touch the coral reefs and coral beds that surround the island nor the other marine life in the Indian Ocean.
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