In response to the issue of rising sea levels, plans are moving forward for a new infrastructure project in the Maldives. The $1 billion Maldives Floating City will be the world’s first floating city, and it is being developed as a concept in 2009. Initially developed as a concept, construction on the project was scheduled to start in February 2022.
The Maldives Floating City will be unique in that it will consist of multiple islands that will be connected by bridges and boats. The Maldives Floating City, which began as an idea in 2009, will include approximately 5,000 new homes, two luxury resorts, a yacht dock, and shopping complexes. The floating metropolis, which is expected to take roughly five years to create, would eventually contain services such as hospitals, schools, and recreational facilities.
Each residential property will be waterfront-facing and range in size from 900 to 1,500 square feet. With rising sea levels threatening the island nation’s existence, the floating city’s architecture is intended to mitigate these concerns.
The floating metropolis will be made out of hexagon-shaped segments inspired by the geometric patterns created by local coral.
A ring of barrier islands will encircle and connect the development, acting as breakers below the water to lessen the impact of lagoon waves and help stabilize the structures on the surface.
The project is being delivered by Dutch Dockland Company, The company experience of building thousands of floating homes in the Netherlands. The floating city will be constructed in a 200-hectare warm water lagoon within a 10-minute boat ride from the capital Male’ and its international airport.
Those leading on the project say homes within the development will be made affordable. Engineers currently have completed assessments of the soils and the conditions of the reef.
An environmental impact assessment has been conducted, with the project receiving the approval of the Environmental Protection Agency.As a low-lying nation, made up of 99% water, the Maldives is one of the countries most at risk of rising sea levels.
Innovative projects such as the floating city are part of a continued emphasis on environmental sustainability, as the country looks for solutions to help tackle the effects of climate change.
Rather than reclaiming land, the Government says the floating city will enable people to live on the water without disturbing the environment. New reefs will be grown to act as breakwaters for the development.
A network of bridges, canals, and docks will provide access across the various segments and connect shops, homes, and services across the lagoon in an environmentally sustainable way.
Renewable energy sources will provide power to the floating city, in keeping with the Government’s goal to make the Maldives a net-zero emissions nation by 2030.