maldives - 2008
kandooma fushi, maldives
Scope: Architecture and Interior Design (160-key villa resort)
Dive Resort in the Maldives, south Male
From afar and above, Kandooma's architecture looks like rocky outcrops. Using barnacles as a design metaphor, Kandooma's main structures were created by eco.id to resemble the crustaceans on this sunny atoll. Its segmented acorn shape has been deftly interpreted into half-round, reed-hatched buildings with ribbed interiors and circular skylights.
To add a contemporary dash, white tensile membranes slickly "web" the barnacles together as a family to create a fringe for shady outdoor sitting areas. The thatched finish of the barnacles and the white tensile membranes compliment each other, adding something different and contemporary to the indigenous.
White washed theme
"To capture an idyllic life by the sea, we gave Kandooma a white-washed theme with turquoise blue accents to complement the ocean. We styled the villas like beach shack homes with large picture windows. Walls and floors were finished in white washed timber and accents of blue are used in the cushions and rug." Explains Calvin Sim. The resort is just a 40-minute speed boat ride from Male.