JOALI BEING is a brand new five star nature-immersive wellness resort, the first of its kind in the Maldives. Located on the secluded natural island of Bodufushi in the Raa Atoll, the retreat aims to combine boundless luxury with a natural approach, and is based around a philosophy of ‘weightlessness’. Deeply embedded in the Joali brand is a commitment to sustainability and to preserving and protecting the locations in which it presents its impeccable offering of luxury eco-travel. Hence one of the foremost significant challenges of the project was to preserve the natural flora of the island. Autoban committed to respecting the lush verdant landscape, and to leaving the wild forests of the island untouched, building and designing the resort around the existing natural environment. Moreover, a unique balance of sophistication and simplicity was necessary to at once provide the utmost level of luxury, whilst also achieving a sense of renewal, regeneration and reconnection. The result is a series of intricately designed structures and spaces allowing guests to embark on a journey into a new, immersive and imaginative sense of luxury with wellness at the forefront. Aiming to provide an uplifting experience, Joali Being comprises a variety of areas divided by purpose: AREKA, an extensive wellness center, AKTAR, an onsite herbology center, FLOW, an interactive dining room, SAI a tea lounge, and MOJO, a tropical beach sanctuary. Guests can reside in a total of 68 guest villas, ranging from one to four bedrooms, with 34 beach villas and 34 water villas, each one with their own private pool. Throughout all the areas, a layering of tactile materials, custom furnishings and extraordinary craftsmanship create an environment of immeasurable elegance, comfort and style. Interaction with the natural surroundings is ensured from all points, enhancing the energy and flow of the island. The design of all structures and interior spaces intend to create a rich sensory experience, summoning both the feeling of an absence of gravity and lightness, and that of being embraced by nature. Roof canopies, surfaces and garden walls feel almost sculptural, folding as lightly as paper, angling softly to envelope the spaces. Divisions are flowing or transparent, and guests can glide effortlessly from one place to another. Throughout the design of all areas, there is a subtle but repetitive use of naturally occurring forms. Omnipresent in nature, the hexagon is often thought to evoke a sacred geometry, signifying balance, harmony, spirituality and even eternity.
Istanbul based multidisciplinary design studio Autoban was founded in 2003 by Seyhan Özdemir and Sefer Çağlar. Autoban works across architecture and interiors, product and experiential design, forging a reputation for thoughtfulness, experimentation and craftsmanship. With a portfolio that includes a collection of projects throughout hospitality, retail, residential, aviation, transportation and public realm developments, Autoban's work is typified by familiar forms and materials repurposed in vital, contemporary ways. After redefining the cityscape of Istanbul in the early 2000's, the studio's work has extended to include large scale signature projects from Europe to Asia and the Indian Ocean. Award winning projects can be found in major centers such as London, Manchester, Malta, the Maldives and Thailand. Autoban also designs a range of signature products which are sold in over 50 locations worldwide, most notably with the recent Autoban Renewed collection for Delaespada.