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Maldives luxury resort is powered entirely by solar panels

PV panels never looked so good

Resort with solar panel roof Kudadoo Maldives Private Island Resort

From above, the Kudadoo Maldives Private Resort looks like a shiny black beetle floating in a tranquil aquamarine sea. Located off one of the Maldives’ tiny tropical islands, the luxury resort’s main building has a roof built from solar panels arranged into a stepped pattern.

Aerial shot of resort with pool next to ocean Kudadoo Maldives Private Island Resort

New York City architecture firm Yuji Yamazaki Architecture (YYA) designed the $3,000-plus a night resort as a luxury eco-friendly getaway where the building can sustain itself. On one side of the island an arc of ocean bungalows wraps around the shore. On the other is the main building whose photovoltaic roof generates enough energy to power the entire resort.

Wood building with large deck Kudadoo Maldives Private Island Resort

YAA wanted to celebrate the technology—instead of masking the solar panels they put them front and center as a design feature that helps visitors understand how the resort is powered. “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,” the architects explain.

Interior of private villa Kudadoo Maldives Private Island Resort

According to the designers, the building’s shape and angle were explicitly designed to capture sunlight and generate the maximum amount of energy. Meanwhile, slits in between the rows of panels allow air and natural light to filter through, further reducing electricity costs—not to mention taking full advantage of the resort’s tropical locale.

Infinity pool with pool chairs Kudadoo Maldives Private Island Resort

Via: New Atlas