Hard Rock Hotel
“From the shaping of the reclaimed island to master planning, architecture and interior design, the Eco.id team made sure the design was truly holistic.”
While the island shape maximises beach frontages and addresses coastal wave concerns, coral preservation sites are respected with the island reclamation skirting outside the fringes of the coral zones.
Hard Rock Hotel’s brand DNA celebrates music and what it stands for. Translated to design, the resort strives to achieve a non-static spontaneous experience in complete harmony with its natural setting. The resort centre and reception appears to sit atop of a hill, looking like a single storey structure with a storey below as the resort’s main restaurant and pool at beach level.
The All Day Dining is at the beach level with a wide frontage, split in parts as a climate controlled room and a covered dining deck area. Overlooking the main beach, splashes of colour are integrated with resort textures as a vibrant outlet. The Elephant & Butterfly is the beach outlet by the main pool, which contains one of the key aspects of the project.
Suspended under the roof of an open pavilion at the pool bar, a colorful beaded ceiling that symbolizes butterflies, moves and sways, truly bringing to life the flight of butterflies, visually as well as acoustically.
The butterfly beaded ceiling at The Elephant and Butterfly is the result of a small community effort by a group of beading ladies in a village at Southern Thailand.
Artificial thatch and timber were paired with clean, contemporary elements of flat roofs and modern materials. Forms were also a mix of the traditional such as thatch roofs against a sculpted or clean, contemporary juxtapositions.
Accommodations are varied from suites to villas, as 2-storey guestrooms to private single storey villas, culminating in a fully decked out presidential Rock Star Suite. Whilst the use of colours and shapes in the interior reflects the energy of the brand’s DNA, material selection takes care of wear and stress from the tropical climate.
The synergy of the island shape with the contemporary tropical architecture and vibrant interiors translate the energetic embodiment of the Hard Rock brand’s DNA without being kitschy.
“As part of the nine islands archipelago, Hard Rock Hotel Maldives has its own unique identity whilst still being part of a whole. This makes island hopping more accessible in the Maldivian hospitality market, further redefining tourism in the Maldives.”