Suspended over the water of a tropical lagoon in the Maldives, the Yakitori Restaurant and Bar plays with the image of the sea monsters that populate the ocean depths according to centuries of tales of explorers and sailors.

The structure, designed by Dutch studio Atelier Nomadic and located at the Banyan Tree Vabinfaru resort, uses bamboo as its main material and seems to float on the surface of the ocean, ready to head out to sea. The architecture, named Madi Hiyaa, is also inspired by the Dhivehi language, where Madi means « ray » and Hiyaa « shelter », referring to the graceful rays that migrate across the Indian Ocean.

The undulating forms of the « tail » lead guests to the centre, towards the « belly » of the architecture, where a luxury Japanese restaurant is located. It is a bioclimatic structure, a renovation of the existing pier, with natural ventilation, a saltwater infinity pool and several suspended nets on which you can lie.

The focus of the project is the use of bamboo, which gives shape to the sequence of columns and the hyperbolic paraboloid roof trusses. Bamboo, a renewable building material, is, for the architects, an extremely effective carbon reservoir, useful in moving towards a future where buildings actually sequester carbon instead of expelling it.

The bamboos chosen for the project are Dendrocalamus Asper for the primary structure and Gigantochloa Apus for the filling part of the grid, while wooden tiles were used for the roof evoking sea waves.


PH Credit: Joe Chua Agdeppa

Progetto: "JK21"