“Amphibian Architecture” Becomes an Important Concept of Floating City in the Maldives

Adhitya Angga | Monday, 11 July 2022

The Maldives is a small country in the middle of the Indian Ocean with a capital named Male. Due to the topography of the Maldives, which is in the middle of the Ocean, the islands that stands in 2100 are predicted to be uninhabitable due to rising sea levels due to global warming.

The position of the island in the Maldives, 80 percent of its area is 1 meter above sea level, so the Maldives collaborated with Waterstudio to create a city that can accommodate 20,000 people in a lagoon near the nation's capital. It consists of a series of hexagonal islands modeled on the geometric shapes of local corals called brain corals. When viewed from above, the design of the city has a shape like the texture of the brain.

(hexagon island that brain form texture. Photo by Waterstudio/Dutch docklands Maldives)hexagon island that brain form texture. (Photo by Waterstudio/Dutch docklands Maldives)

The project is called Floating City, the construction of this project has 5,000 floating houses with 2 floors located in a 200-hectare lagoon whose construction is planned by the end of this year. When viewed in detail, each house has different colors and colors.

(pier in front of the house. Photo by Waterstudio/Dutch docklands Maldives)pier in front of the house. (Photo by Waterstudio/Dutch docklands Maldives)

A floating city that can accommodate many residents with beautiful blue views of the Indian Ocean, when sea levels rise, the floating city also rises following the height of the sea level rise, making it safer from the brunt of tidal flooding and coastal erosion.

(floating city with adequate facilities. Photo by Waterstudio/Dutch docklands Maldives)the floating city with adequate facilities. (Photo by Waterstudio/Dutch docklands Maldives)

The floating island in the Maldives contains people's homes, hotels, restaurants, shops, hospitals, schools, and government buildings. As with cities in general, which have several life-supporting facilities. Each house has an area of ​​100 square meters, with a pier in front of the house and a terrace on the roof of the house.

As a country that is at the forefront of dealing with global warming, especially in terms of infrastructure and low-lying coastal settlements, the Maldives must think about how to keep its population alive and thriving in the face of rising sea levels.

(2-story house with bright colors. Photo by Waterstudio/Dutch docklands Maldives) 2-story house with bright colors. (Photo by Waterstudio/Dutch docklands Maldives

Therefore, there is a need for a feasible solution for urban development to the sea, creating "amphibious architecture" as a solution for settlements and all life supports that can adapt to the occurrence of sea levels.








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