Amillarah // Maledives
Amillarah // Maledives

Amillarah //  Maledives
Amillarah // Maledives

Amillarah //  Maledives
Amillarah // Maledives

Amillarah //  Maledives
Amillarah // Maledives

Amillarah //  Maledives
Amillarah // Maledives

Amillarah //  Maledives
Amillarah // Maledives

Amillarah //  Maledives
Amillarah // Maledives

The Ocean Flower //  Maledives
The Ocean Flower // Maledives

The Ocean Flower //  Maledives
The Ocean Flower // Maledives

The Ocean Flower //  Maledives
The Ocean Flower // Maledives

The Ocean Flower //  Maledives
The Ocean Flower // Maledives

The Ocean Flower //  Maledives
The Ocean Flower // Maledives

The Ocean Flower //  Maledives
The Ocean Flower // Maledives

The Royal Indian Ocean Club //  Maledives
The Royal Indian Ocean Club // Maledives

Royal Indian Ocean Club //  Maledives
Royal Indian Ocean Club // Maledives

Royal Indian Ocean Club //  Maledives
Royal Indian Ocean Club // Maledives

Royal Indian Ocean Club //  Maledives
Royal Indian Ocean Club // Maledives

Living and working with water

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The 5 Lagoons · Dutch Docklands
The Maldives, 2015

Dutch Docklands, an independent company and global leader (according to their own reports), follows the concept of “living with water.” Instead of fighting the elements, founders Paul van de Camp and Koen Olthuis developed a visionary idea of using water surfaces as space. Entrepreneur van de Camp and architect Olthuis, who already specialised in planning floating structures with a company called Waterstudio.nl, and their team have developed pioneering concepts, buildings and infrastructures. Dutch Docklands combines forces with public and private partners to develop creative projects to produce new residential space on water, thereby contributing to dynamic and economical urban development.

“The 5 Lagoons” is one of the most spectacular projects developed by Dutch Docklands as a joint venture with the government of the Maldives.


The 5 Lagoons – The Ocean Flower

Chained together like a necklace, floating villas are arranged in the shape of a typical Maldivian flower inside a lagoon located approximately 20 minutes by boat from the archipelago’s capital city. The first construction phase – including 185 spectacular villas with private pools and direct access to the sea – has already begun. During the next stage, diverse offerings for tourists such as a beach, hotels, restaurants, shops, a spa and a diving base are planned for development.


The 5 Lagoons – Amillarah

Additionally, ten unique floating private islands in one of the most picturesque lagoons in the Maldives are scheduled to be built in a slightly remote location within reach of the other four plots of “The 5 Lagoons.” Consequently, potential inhabitants will have the best of both worlds, being able to live off the beaten track whilst benefitting from the planned diversity of leisure facilities available. The Amillarah project can easily be accessed from the airport by boat.


The 5 Lagoons – The Royal Indian Ocean Club

The world’s first floating 18-hole golf course is truly sensational with demanding water obstacles and a 360-degree panoramic view of the sea. The course was planned in cooperation with Golf Troon, leading specialists for golf course management in the luxury sector. Built on floating platforms, the golf course is perfectly embedded into the natural ecosystem. With a host of tees and a 9-hole-par-3 academy, the course is designed to provide the ultimate golfing experience. You can admire and observe tropical underwater life in the outstanding underwater glass tunnel, which also accommodates the underwater club house with a Pro Golf store, a restaurant and a bar. The premium course offers a training centre, putting greens and state-of-the-art computer and video training facilities. The grounds also include a small village with romantic town houses and villas built in Venetian or palatial styles. Additional boutiques, restaurants and bars will round off the experience.


Plans for international expansion

Further projects by Dutch Dockland – such as the Greenstar Hotel in the Maldives, shaped like a giant green star, or the 5 Star Hotel in Norway – are currently being planned. The US is set to become another focus for international expansion – here, Dutch Dockland intends to develop a showcase project on a private lake already acquired by the company, designed to demonstrate to governments and local authorities how to effectively combat the consequences of rising sea levels. Fighting the elements has become a highly relevant issue in the US in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and its catastrophic effects, especially considering that, according to a National Geographic study, Miami and New York City are among the conurbations most at risk from flooding.


Prospects for floating developments

Market research by the DGV Group (Dutch sustainable real estate developers and architects) from 2012 showed that the majority of Dutch people still believe that living ashore is safer than living on the water. However, international experts believe that “floating developments” offer an unprecedented degree of safety – new constructions can withstand floods and earthquakes as they adapt to environmental conditions in a dynamic way. When the water rises, houses will also rise. During earthquakes, they will move with the shockwaves.

Rising costs and limited availability of inland plots and construction sites, better safeguards against the disastrous consequences of environmental catastrophes, sustainable and environmentally-friendly building concepts plus new ideas for revitalising urban development – all these are good reasons to predict that the demand and need for floating developments is set to increase substantially in the future.