SO/ Maldives

  • Prize
    Winner in Architectural Design Resort – Luxury
  • Company/Firm
    Eco-Id Architects Pte Ltd
  • Lead Designer
    Calvin Sim
  • Other Designer(s)
    Carol Chng
  • Architect
    Eco-Id Architects Pte Ltd
  • Hospitality
  • Construction Company
    ALIA Construction
  • Photo Credit
    Accor/ Ennismore
  • Location
    Emboodhoo Lagoon, Kaafu Atoll, Maldives
  • Project Date
    November 2023
  • Developer
    S Hotels & Resorts

The SO/ Maldives is inspired by the glamour of the fashion world. Guests are celebrated and glamourized, becoming models, partaking in a seen-and-be-seen architectural catwalk that connects the public areas of the island.
Set on a pristine private island surrounded by the captivating Emboodhoo Lagoon, SO/ Maldives perfectly blends the worlds of castaway tranquillity and runway elegance. The journey begins at arrival, where guests are welcomed by a breathtaking over-water pavilion that sets the visual tone of the resort. Clean lines, cool neutrals, and natural wood create a sophisticated backdrop, complemented by vibrant accents and a sculptural red-latticed central staircase. The sculptural central core winds up the Lobby Bar to the Specialty Restaurant on the upper level. Guests circulate through this vertical runway to enjoy the sunset view from either the Bar or the Restaurant. The hotel's unique walkways are adorned with billowing fabrics or architectural timber canopies, providing a captivating contrast to the lush natural flora of the island and evoking the dramatic styling seen in high fashion presentations.

The premise of, a multidisciplinary practice founded in 1996, is a modern and progressive approach to design. The firm’s comprehensive suite of services range from master planning and architecture to interior design and branding, and project typologies that span high-rise luxury condominiums and detached dwellings to retail boutiques, hotels and resorts. Regardless of scale, the emphasis is always on balancing aesthetics with rigour, and program with budget.

Other prizes
1) Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island: Architecture - Living space - Indian Ocean, Beach Destination 2) Hard Rock Hotel Maldives: Architecture - Living space - Beach Destination 3) InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort: Architecture - Living space - Resort – Luxury, Beach Destination, Indian Ocean 4) Renaissance Nanning: Interior design - Living space - Brand New category 5) Dalvey Haus: Architecture - Living space - Asia, Condominium 6) SO/ Maldives: Architecture - Living space - Resort – Luxury