Shigeru Ban’s floating villas to be the first resort-residence project in the Maldives

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Renowned architectural firm, Shigeru Ban Architects, reveals plans for Infinite Maldives, the first resort-residence development in the Maldives. The project features 44 overwater and beachfront villas designed by Shigeru Ban in partnership with luxury leisure property developer, Crystal Property Group, which will be developed on a 5 hectare island in the capital atoll. The endeavor will be a fusion of Maldivian elements and sustainable practices, utilizing local materials and emphasizing biophilic design. 

The villas would comprise private infinity pools and access to amenities such as a fitness center, spa, and wellness facilities. The landscaping is inspired by Sri Lankan gardens and designed by Michel Desvigne to create a cohesive environment. ‘What makes Infinite Maldives unique is that the resort blends in with the sea and the green of nature in an ‘infinite’ manner.’

Shigeru Ban Architects prioritizes the harmony of man made structures with natural landscapes. ‘Our approach focused on the landscape design first, ensuring a seamless connection between water, land, and vegetation, promoting continuity between indoor and outdoor spaces.’ Ban emphasized. Through prefabrication methods and lightweight, recycled materials, the project focuses on sustainability while creating a space where residents can coexist in harmony with the environment.

Reza Magdon Ismail, CEO of Crystal Property Group said ‘We are proud to be delivering the first resort-residence and one-of-a-kind opportunity in the Maldives, which is a huge milestone for the country and a great achievement for us. We share the same ethos and ambition to create extraordinary living spaces that harmonize with the environment they sit in and align with the overall spirit of the Maldives.’