The city, which is set to house up to 20,000 people, could be a game-changing solution to rising sea levels and overcrowded capitals.
Construction of the world’s first floating city is currently underway in the Maldives.
The city will house up to 20,000 people and will include restaurants, shops, a school, a hospital, and more. The first units opened over the summer, and the project is due to be completed in 2027.
A futuristic architectural project, the floating city is already being hailed as a trailblazing solution to rising sea levels and overcrowded capitals.
Modelled after nature ‒ a unique and striking project
Construction of the world’s first floating city is currently underway in the Maldives, with the project due to be completed in 2027.
The city’s layout is designed after the distinctive ‘brain coral’, which is common in the Indian Ocean. Thus, the floating city has been inspired by the nature and layout of the area.
A small island nation, the Maldives has faced huge housing pressures as the population continues to grow. So, the new floating city aims to be a sustainable solution to this issue. The exciting new city also hopes to offer residents a long-term solution to the problem of rising sea levels.
Construction of world’s first floating city underway ‒ stepping into the future
With the first units completed over the summer, the project is already looking extremely promising. Ten years in the making, many within the industry are excited to see these plans come to fruition.
The world’s first floating city is a joint initiative between the government of the Maldives and the Netherlands-based architecture studio Waterstudio.
It is located just ten minutes from the Maldivian capital of Male and Male International Airport. So, the floating city offers a revolutionary approach to modern, sustainable living.
What will it look like? ‒ ambitious plans in the works
Known simply as Maldives Floating City or MFC for short, the city is set to house 20,000 people upon completion. Revealing the plans, Waterstudio writes, “It’s the world’s first true floating island city – a futuristic dreamscape finally poised to become a reality.
“In development for more than a decade, MFC will feature thousands of residences. All waterfront, floating along a flexible, functional grid across a 200-hectare lagoon.”
With construction currently underway on the world’s first floating city, many will wonder what something like this could look like.
Artist impressions on the Waterstudio website show a colourful and vibrant city with comfortable homes, recreation areas, and plenty of greenery. From above, the city is made up of various interconnecting islands. There are small harbours that allow residents to park boats close to their homes.
With such exciting plans in the works, this is undoubtedly one of the best ways the world is getting better for everyone.