Italian architect Giancarlo Zema Design Group (GZDG) and Chinese autonomous aerial vehicle company EHang, who are currently building their first eco-sustainable vertiport in Italy, have revealed their interest in constructing a similar design in Maldives with approval from relevant authorities.
The agent for GZDG in Maldives and Sri Lanka, Vittorio Coco, said this project could be used for remotely piloted aerial tourism in resorts, local islands, and marine protected areas in the country. “The idea is to launch the first air tourist experience built directly into eco-sustainable resorts to offer guests an ocean environment vista from above the sea level of the beautiful Maldivian atolls”, he said.
Coco said they plan to integrate this into their own Palm Island Resort which will have fully independent infrastructures to monitor flights and recharge passenger drone taxis using non-slip photovoltaic panels that can generate more than 300kW of electric power each day.
GZDG primarily focuses on building innovative smart eco-sustainable projects, semi-submerged architectural structures, floating habitats, yacht, and interior design.
The vertiport’s style was inspired by the African baobab tree. The ecofriendly tower will be 30m high, with a steel and laminated wood structure, a waiting room, a café, and a 200 square meter panoramic restaurant.