BEAUTY IN THE FRIDGE

Centred in Nature: Patina Maldives, Fari Islands by Studio MK27.

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“Synthesis Monoliths” (2020) by Hongjie Yang.

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Inspired by the beauty and metaphorical significance of the island landscape, Studio MK27 has orchestrated a delicate, rhythmic design for the new resort Patina Maldives. Set amongst the Fari Islands archipelago in North Malé Atoll, the Capella Hotel Group project is a radical example of biophilic design, conjuring up spaces and atmospheres that encourage deep connections with nature.

Delicate architectural lines remain respectfully low, never breaching the horizon, in deference to the exuberant, encompassing blues above and below. Verdant landscaping envelops each of Patina Maldives’ 90 contemporary one-to three-bedroom villas, unfolding invitingly into the surrounding island life.

“Patina is unique in the Maldives: an opportunity to be together in isolation. One of the most remote places on Earth and still a place designed for people to meet one another,” explains lead architect Marcio Kogan. “Patina Maldives embraces our natural conflicts: desire for peace and party, for nature and design, technology and rusticity, self-indulgence and deep reflections.”

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Kogan’s design vision is reflected throughout the resorts accommodation, restaurants and social buildings. Public spaces are open, light and inviting acting as a communal beating heart to the expansive compound. A large commissioned James Turrell pavilion mingles effortlessly with a bevy of retail and dining options. The permeable design of the island’s buildings, organised according to a hierarchy of textures and coverings create a gentle transition between open and closed spaces.

Throughout the interiors, earthy colour palettes, subtle textures and matte surfaces are complemented by arcadian materials to create a dialogue with nature. Wood, linen, rattan, paper cord, stone and natural fibres extend out from the interiors, blurring boundaries, drawing the outside world in whilst enticing inhabitants out. Uniquely for the Maldives, a floor to ceiling panorama sliding window system allows the villas to be opened to the elements on all three sides – while custom-made blackout blinds offer cocoon-like cosiness at the touch of a button.

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Skyspace Amarta by James Turrell.

Millwork furniture customised by Studio MK27 exclusively for Patina Maldives incorporates subtle practical and aesthetic design features that elevate the in-room experience from bed frames with integrated control panels to concealed device charging compartments. Carefully selected pieces from the world’s leading furniture designers imbue the spaces with individuality and luxury — from Bassam Fellows, Lin Brasil, Gervasoni and Vitra indoors; to Dedon, Carlos Motta, and Paola Lenti outdoors. Further drama is added by unique features including monolithic standalone twin vanities made from Nero Marquina marble and basins hewn from a single block of stone, offset by bespoke Italian porcelain tiles and al fresco free-standing double bathtubs.

Created to appeal to an audience looking for immersive, experience-led travel, Patina is inspired by independent minds with a deep appreciation of nature and community and unwavering devotion to the wellbeing of the planet. The resort encourages guests to nurture genuine connections with themselves and the world around them. Human-centred design ensures that spaces flow with guests’ natural modes, gently and intuitively anticipating and providing for each individual’s needs so that no two stays are the same.

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[Images courtesy of Patina Maldives. Photography by Georg Roske.]

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