RECOGNITION Featured in the Architecture and Design Museum in Los Angeles, CA, Featured in INDEX 2013-15
With ocean levels rising 3.3mm each year, it is predicted that in the next century the Maldives, one of the world’s most iconic tourist destinations, will be swept off the map. In order to “survive the flood,” the Maldives must drastically change their infrastructure to adapt to the coming water surge. Malé is the fourth most densely populated island in the world with an elevation of only 2.4 m (7.8 ft), holding 103,693 people on only 1.952 square kilometers. The Maldives recently purchased land in Australia with the plan to migrate their population across the globe in the near future. The “Maldivian Rings” is a plan to save the Maldives. Thick ring structures that function similarly to dams will block off and preserve pockets of communities on Malé. Each ring is 45 feet tall, giving birth to a new street and pedestrian level on the top of the structures.
Rebuilding the infrastructure in the Maldives must be married with the idea of mass tourism. Standing at 550 feet tall, the tallest building in the Indian Ocean, Mount Malé is a plan for a tower containing nearly all aspects of global tourism. Each floor is generated by a specific “8th wonder of the world,” creating a structure that contains not only “generic” tourist attractions, but also gives life to a variety of landscapes, allowing the visitors to experience all of these popular tourist destinations and attractions in one place. Inspired by the tourism in Dubai, with their indoor luxury ski slope, diamond factory, and skyscrapers, Mount Malé uses a similar concept of hyper-tourism to create a tower that holds nearly all expectations, landscapes, and attractions associated with global tourism. The goal of Mount Malé is to be an iconic, synthetic landmark for the new and growing tourism in the Maldives.