Hanimaadhoo Island at Maldives to get a new green international airport
The island nation Maldives is in need of a new international airport, and has found UK firm Haptic Architects and Norwegian Narud Stokke Wiig Architects who have taken the mantle to help them out with it. This latest architectural wonder at Hanimaadhoo Island is actually a revamped version of the domestic terminal. Proposed to be a single terminal building, the airport building looks striking from outside thanks to its dramatic curving roof. Crafted out of timber diagrid, the lightweight roof comes with a highly insulated skin.
Apart from the roof, the other green initiatives include north facing rooflights and large roof overhangs, to cut down on the solar gain, to rainwater harvesting facilities and roof mounted photovoltaics. The entire ambiance and landscaping is done keeping in mind the Maldivian culture and nature of the country.