In response to rising sea levels due to climate change, Italian designer Michele Puzzolante of MPD Designs has come up with a concept called the Solar Floating Island, a solar-powered island resort that floats completely off-shore. Made of photovoltaic skins and balsa-reinforced fiberglass, the structure is designed to absorb and reuse natural solar light as well as artificial indoor light, making the resort completely self-sufficient and non-polluting.
In addition to being eco-friendly, the Solar Floating Island is a luxurious aquatic escape. Featuring an on-deck jacuzzi, full kitchen and bar, comfortable sleeping quarters, and a spiral staircase that leads to an underwater observation room, the sleek island is designed to provide a full resort experience while remaining close to nature and aquatic life.
Based on industrial design rather than traditional architecture, the Solar Floating Island can be easily transported and assembled thanks to its modular components. With full support from the government of Maldives for this project, Puzzolante plans to begin development for the Solar Floating Island soon.