RESIDENTIAL / HOTEL: `UNITED ISLANDS` BY ARCHITECT SVETOZAR ANDREEV
THE UNITED ISLANDS PROJECT The apartment complex in our plans will be located in coastal waters right on Koh Som Island, or on the similar little island in the gulf of Samui Island. The project as a whole is founded on the principles of green architecture, with extensive use of environmentally friendly materials and technologies, including autonomous sources of electric power: solar panels, wind generators and tidal power. Each constructional element of the complex is organically blended into the existing landscape. The apartments, which vary in plan area from 150 to 250 sq.m., all include large terraces looking out over the sea. Most of the apartments feature a comfortable layout with a living room, bedrooms, large bathrooms and kitchen/bar area. Also planned for the complex are boat-mooring, a green platform with recreation areas integrated in pier, split-level gardens and restaurant on the island area. The architecture and design of the apartment complex were developed by architect Svetozar Andreev in an ultra-contemporary style, and central idea of the project was to imbue the local environment with highest standards of comfort and aesthetics, intended for guests from Europe, Asia and America.
Idea, Architecture and interior design: Svetozar Andreev
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`THE UNITED ISLANDS` PROJECT 2016-2017
THE UNITED ISLANDS PROJECT 2017
VS PATINA MALDIVES, FARI ISLAND 2021
THE UNITED ISLAND PROJECT 2017 VS PATINA MALDIVES, FARI ISLAND 2021
Without a doubt, these illustrations speak for themselves!
I recently discovered in the press the new Patina Maldives resort hotel project on Fari Island, which opened in June 2021, and was surprised to find direct architectural references to my own project, the United Islands Project 2017, which was published a long time ago in numerous international architectural publications and internet platforms.
Still more surprising for me was the fact that the Patina Maldives project was developed by Studio MK27, a major studio headed by the Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan, a creative professional for whom I have immense regard and respect.
According to their website, Studio MK27 has a team of 30 architects. Knowing the specifics of the work of large studios, I understand only too well that it is quite difficult for a studio’s leader to keep track of the origin of ideas brought in by team members or investors. Naturally, I simply cannot assume a direct citation of my project by Studio MK27’s esteemed founder.
Nevertheless, since Patina Maldives is proudly presented as "revolutionary" in the international press (according to Travel Insider), I would be grateful for some clarification from Studio MK27’s founding director.
Dear Sr. Kogan!
I highly value you as an architect, and very much appreciate your contribution to bringing modernism to the tropics, and supporting the concept of placing the geometric three-dimensional forms of modern villas over water. This idea should have been realized a long time ago. However, as you can see, it is impossible to deny the direct similarity of our two projects, both in terms of their concept and their architectural compositional solution, and I would be grateful to hear from you as to how this could occur.
We all understand that overwater villas are the flagship and recognizable calling card of your Patina Maldives project on Fari Island, as do we all understand that my comments above are made strictly within the scope of professional ethics.
I assume that the inspiration for the "revolutionary idea" came either from someone in your team, or from an investor subscribing to the many architectural internet platforms on which my United Islands project has been published on numerous occasions, because I cannot assume that you have any need to borrow the ideas of others.
Nevertheless, I cannot help but make the point that, when presenting the idea of a project in the press as "revolutionary" reference should at least be made to the original author of the idea, not to mention the fact that your employees initially had to contact the author in order to obtain permission for the use of this architectural design in your project!
I would be glad to receive your feedback.
With respect as ever for you, your work and your talent.
Svetozar Andreev, architect, creator of United Islands project.
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