Alila Villas Hadahaa
Alila Villas Hadahaa Maldives is gentle on the earth. The design and construction blueprints were guided by environmental impact studies prior to implementation. In complementing the spirit of environmental stewardship, the design promotes rainwater harvesting and minimizes disruption to corals around the island. The concept also preserves and reinforces the existing foliage of the island. Waste treatment plants ensure that pollution to the island is minimized. Alila Villas Hadahaa is the first resort in the Maldives to receive the Green Globe Certification for “Building, Planning & Design Standard`. In conceptualizing the resort, one of the main challenges was how to locate and insert the program of villas and public facilities without disrupting the natural flow and equilibrium of the existing island and sea environment. A suitable construction method was needed to support each sea villa, which would ensure the preservation of the existing coral; this method would be intrinsically tied to the approach to the planning and design of each villa. The resort was approached and inspired by both local, indigenous form together with a rational exploration of the need for comfort and privacy. The form of the main arrival was inspired by the Maldivian Dhoni boat, traditionally used for inter atoll navigation, a distinctive timber ribbed hull that was flipped to create a sheltered reception area. Traditional craftsmen were used to create the Dhoni hull, ensuring that an authentic use of timber sizes and details were incorporated. The design of the villas was kept clean and simple, with the focus being the framing of the views whilst maintaining privacy. Timber roof rafters wrap round a simple living block to become vertical privacy screens, which screen and shade an open timber deck and seating areas. The environmental and cultural sensitivity of the island were carefully researched and understood prior to the conceptual design stages, so that an appropriate response to site was implemented. A critical process in the approach involved the cultural integration of the resort, through its construction and later through its operational phase, with locally available resources, labour and materials.


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