The Republic of Maldives has partnered with developer Dutch Docklands and architecture firm Waterstudio to build a floating city of 20,000 inhabitants. But unlike luxury chalets for wealthy tourists, this project will be a practical solution in case of rising ocean levels. The Maldives is an archipelago of many atolls, 80% of which are less than one meter above sea level. In the worst case scenario for the development of climatic events, the entire state may be under water by 2100.
New floating the city will be a 10-minute boat ride from the country’s capital, Male. It will have 5,000 houseboats, cafes, schools and shops. They plan to erect them at the shipyard, and then tow them to the place. Blocks will be secured to prevent drift.
Nearby coral reefs will take on the role of a natural breakwater, minimizing the feeling of rolling. Most of the electricity will come from solar panels. Waste water is planned to be treated and used as fertilizer for plants. Instead of traditional air conditioning, houses and buildings will be cooled with water from the depths of the Indian Ocean.
The prices here are not so sky-high: a studio is about $150,000, and a family cottage is about $250,000. The city is expected to receive its first residents in early 2024 years, and the entire project will be completed by 2027.