MADI HIYAA, Overwater Restaurant

  • Prize
    Winner in Architectural Design Restaurant – Theme
  • Company/Firm
    Nomadic Resorts
  • Lead Designer
    Olav Bruin
  • Other Designer(s)
    Habiba Mukhtar
  • Architect
    Olav Bruin
  • Interior Designer
    Nomadic Resorts
  • Hospitality
    Banyan Tree resorts and hotels
  • Construction Company
    Asali Bali
  • Photo Credit
    Joe Chua Agdeppa
  • Location
  • Project Date
    November 2023
  • Developer
    Banyan Tree resorts and hotels
  • Project Link

This stunning example of biomimicry takes its inspiration from the sleek silhouette of the Pink Whiprays (Pateobatis fai) that graze in the surrounding lagoon.
The naturally ventilated, bio-climatic structure features an incredible sea saltwater infinity pool, and an array of overwater catamaran nets where guests can relax while enjoying breathtaking sunset panoramas, caressed by the gentle sea breeze.
Crafted meticulously with bamboo, the structure is amplified by the dramatic Maldivian landscape and reflected in the mirror like lagoon. The looping, shingled tail winds back down the jetty to link the building with the mainland and to guide the visitors into the building.
Inspired by the Dhivehi language, where Madi symbolises “ray,” and Hiyaa signifies “shelter,” the building’s name Madi Hiyaa pays tribute to the graceful rays that migrate across the Indian Ocean.

The roof structure is built entirely out of bamboo. Nomadic Resorts lead architect Olav Bruin intended to show the potential of this amazing building material at this iconic location, as bamboo has the potential to play a major role in the building industry.

Nomadic Resorts is an interdisciplinary design & project development company servicing the hospitality industry with offices in the Netherlands, Sri Lanka, Mauritius and South Africa.
Using a holistic approach, we create sustainable resort and residential projects that reflect a true sense of place and fit organically into their natural surroundings as we believe that designs should serve as a bridge to connect nature, culture and people.

Other prizes
2020 Winner Global Gamechanger at Global Ahead Awards, IFI GAP award for Interior Design Sustainability 2020 Ahead Awards Asia Best resort award 2019 2019 Dezeen Awards Finalist Architecture Masterprize 2019 Design for Asia awards 2019 UNESCO Prix Versailles 2018 for best restaurant design worldwide Hospitality Design Awards Finalist in best resort and sustainability categories.