BANGKOK, THAILAND – Nestled on a private island in Noonu Atoll, situated in the northern part of the Maldives, Mӧvenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives promises serene seclusion and tropical tranquillity when it opens in November 2018. The resort will also showcase a series of unique architectural features and distinctive design touches that complement the soothing natural surroundings.
The resort was designed by the acclaimed architects from the Poland based company MOTIV, who used the private, uninhabited tropical island of Kuredhivaru as a blank canvas on which to create something aesthetically appealing and truly unique. Taking inspiration from the Maldives’ spectacular natural scenery, MOTIV has designed a masterpiece that weaves seamlessly into the island environment, blurring the boundaries between innovative design, Maldivian heritage and Mother Nature.
Mӧvenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives will be Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts’ inaugural property in the Maldives, and the first Maldivian project for MOTIV, bringing a fresh perspective to the country’s hospitality scene.
Organic shapes for the roofs in villas and restaurants make the structure blend better with environment. Interiors were dictated by ergonomy, to give to the guest comfort to stay close to nature, nature is the biggest luxury in Maldives and architecture should just make it more prominent.
“We wanted to make sure we did not damage the island or the marine environment, so we followed nature. Also, we did not want to build anything too contemporary; so you will find in the final design influences from the Maldives and Indonesia. Organic shapes used for the roofs in the villas and restaurants allows the structures blend with the environment . Sustainability was always our priority and therefore I was looking for solutions that could enhance my design “ explained Pawel Podwojewski, founder MOTIV.
The 30 Beach Pool Suites and three Beach Spa Pool Residences are surrounded by native trees and mature plants, providing privacy and shade. Each room features an amazing elevated deck that “floats” three metres above the private pool, offering endless ocean views.
Guests in each of the 72 Overwater Pool Villas will discover a huge glass floor in the hallway, which frames breathtaking displays of marine life underfoot. Each villa also features a private pool and a large outdoor deck with a hammock and direct access to the shimmering sea below. The roofs, inspired by central Asian culture, provide beautiful canopies that reflect ambient light into the rooms at night.
In terms of natural materials, coconut wood has been used for the furniture, structural elements of salas and the interior mosaics were finished with hand made square shape coconut tips creating a warm and enchanting environment indoors. The resort’s main restaurant, ONU, is built entirely from bamboo with a wide open roof, including intricate geometrical shapes, while Bodumas, the seafood restaurant, boasts a roof design that’s inspired by seashells. Latitude 5.5 restaurant follows the bamboo organic design and provides a spectacular view from the edge of the infinity swimming pool.
“Conservation is a key element of the project. Every coconut palm on the island has been preserved, with a limited number being replanted. The island is also home to some traditional coral brick structures with historical and cultural significance, and these have also been preserved for guests to visit,” added Pawel Podwojewski, founder MOTIV.
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