The remote Maldives archipelago in the Indian Ocean is building the world’s first floating city, inspired by the look of a human brain from a coral reef.

Located nearly 500 miles from India, the nearest landmass, the world’s lowest nation hopes to have found a lasting solution to the harsh reality of rising sea levels.

With a little help from the Dutch battling sea levels, the floating city in the Maldives has been given the green light to build 5,000 colorful, interconnected homes tied to the floor of a 500-acre lagoon .

Visitors to the new floating city will need to take a ten-minute boat ride from the capital of Male and the international airport, where they will find hotels, houses, shops and restaurants.

There will be no cars, but people will get around the white sand roads on foot, by bike or in buggies and electric scooters, or they will jump on boats and cruise the canals.

The remote Maldives archipelago in the Indian Ocean is building the world’s first floating city inspired by the look of a human brain from a coral reef

5,000 colorful homes to build, interconnected and tethered to the floor of a 500-acre lagoon

5,000 colorful homes to build, interconnected and tethered to the floor of a 500-acre lagoon

There will be no cars, but people will move along the white sand roads on foot, by bicycle or on electric buggies and scooters.

There will be no cars, but people will move along the white sand roads on foot, by bicycle or on electric buggies and scooters.

Visitors to the new floating city will have to take a ten-minute boat ride from the capital of Male, where they will find hotels, houses, shops and restaurants.

Visitors to the new floating city will have to take a ten-minute boat ride from the capital of Male, where they will find hotels, houses, shops and restaurants.

The canals will be the main infrastructural arteries for logistics and the gateways to the city for boats and ships.

The city’s design was inspired by “a natural structure of roads and water channels resembling the beautiful and efficient way in which real brain coral is organized,” according to the project’s website.

The Maldives itself consists of 1,192 coral islands grouped into a double chain of 26 atolls, and the floating city is meant to preserve and enhance this natural ecosystem.

The city will stimulate coral growth with artificial coral beds attached to its underside and protect existing coral reefs, which will also act as a natural wave breaker, according to the project.

Long a marine people, they also have a close relationship with coral – being the very substance on which they sleep and walk – and the concept of the floating city of the Maldives is one in which they “return to the water”, in the purpose of ‘living with nature and learning to enhance and respect natural coral.

Non-residents wishing to live in the city have the option of obtaining a residence permit if they buy a house.

The design of the city was inspired by

The city’s design was inspired by “a natural structure of roads and water channels resembling the beautiful and efficient way in which real brain coral is organized”,

People can board boats and navigate the canals, which will be the main arteries of infrastructure for logistics and gateways

People can board boats and navigate the canals, which will be the main arteries of infrastructure for logistics and gateways

The design of the city was inspired by

The city’s design was inspired by “a natural structure of roads and water channels resembling the beautiful and efficient way in which real brain coral is organized”,

Non-residents wishing to live in the city have the option of obtaining a residence permit if they buy one of the 5,000 houses

Non-residents wishing to live in the city have the option of obtaining a residence permit if they buy one of the 5,000 houses

Long a marine people, they also have a close relationship with coral - being the very substance on which they sleep and walk - and the concept of the floating city of the Maldives is one in which they

Long a marine people, they also have a close relationship with coral – being the very substance on which they sleep and walk – and the concept of the floating city of the Maldives is one in which they “return to the water”, in the purpose of ‘living with nature and learning to enhance and respect natural coral’

Public tours will be available in August once the first block of modular accommodation has been built and transported to the lagoon.

The firm hand of Dutch engineering will support the city, with the Dutch Docklands company partnering with the Maldivian government to bring Dutch-developed floating technology, including the Waterbuurt floating district.

The nation of the Netherlands has for centuries kept the North Sea at bay with dykes and levies to prevent their land from drowning under water.

Proposals for other floating cities have also been floated, including one sponsored by the United Nations, which aims to be built in Busan, South Korea by a local company.

The Maldives is heavily dependent on tourists coming to visit its tropical paradise surroundings, and has therefore been particularly affected by the travel restrictions imposed by the Covid pandemic.

Last year, however, tourism returned to near pre-pandemic levels, with the arrival of 1.3 million travellers, compared to 1.7 million visitors in 2019.

The Maldives is one of the countries most at risk from climate change in the world, with 80% of the island nation just one meter above sea level.

Maldivian authorities claimed in 1988 that the islands would be completely subsumed by sea level rise by 2018.

Although this has not happened, it is an indicator of how seriously the nation of the archipelago is taking the imminent threat to its very survival.

The city will be built in a modular fashion, with a planned construction start date of January 2023 and the goal of completing the city within five years.