Australian architects have proposed floating skyscrapers to be built in the Maldives in an attempt to combat rising sea levels.
The designs, named ‘Maldives Floating States’, were submitted as part of the 2010 Skyscraper Competition organised by eVolo architecture magazine. They made the finals but did not get into the top three.
Architects William Fong, Joshua Loke and Livee Tan proposed that, in case rising sea levels were to flood all of the Maldives, the entire population could be relocated onto 1,000 metre tall floating structures.
They believe this way, the people of the Maldives could continue to live in “its own waters” and not lose its culture and heritage.
They have called their designs “engineering marvels of buoyancy and height” with the proposed structures to be anchored to the sea floor more than 1,000 metres below the surface.
To accommodate growing population, they suggest the towers’ height can be increased or new towers can be built, “like reclamation, only floating.”
In early March, the government signed an agreement with Dutch Company Dutch Docklands to build a floating golf course and and hotel.