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The Maldives Airport Economic Zone

The Maldives airport economic zone project located at the core center of the west coastline of Hulhumale will be created into a show window of the Maritime Silk Road, which is composed of an airport and airline service center, an international trade center, a convention and exhibition center, a business and shopping center, supporting facilities of luxury hotels and traffic hubs. After completion, the project will become the most representative landmark building complex of Maldives, the image of which will also be substantially improved.

Considering the difficulty of construction faced by Maldives as an island country, the project adopts standardized design and construction as the core principle of design. In the design, grids of 9x9m in size are used to form the basic axis net of the whole site, which can meet most of the building functions. The orderly layout of the grid defines neat building spaces, realizing the modularized partition of rooms and layout of furniture, as well as the flexible and efficient utilization of space.
In the process of design, the urban scale of Hulhumale is used as an important reference, aiming to create a building complex agreeable in size and diversified in functional space. Therefore, rich concaves and convexes are adopted in the shape of buildings, to establish a small-scale combination relationship among building spaces. The recessed terraces formed in this way will be used as sky gardens, to improve the spatial quality of buildings. The seaside location of the project requires an imagery correlation between its architectural form and the sea. Therefore, the major facade of the building complex is designed with a curved surface, like a sail in the wind, to accord with the seaside buildings and the Maritime Silk Road in the public imagination.

Location: Hulhumale, Maldives
GFA: 100,000 sqm
Client: Beijing Urban Construction Group
Design Team: Yongzheng Li, Qizhi Li, Bo Yang, Yanfeng Lyu, Falu Wang, Shengli Zhao
LDI: Beijing Institute of Residential Building Design & Research
Design Date:  01/2018 - 03/2018