Six Senses’ Soneva Kiri Eco Villa Earth Award

A prototype of Six Senses Soneva Kiri  Eco Villa was singled out as one of the five unique installations being showcased at the 2011 Earth Awards.

The five-day festival ends on July 31 and is being held in the gardens of Clarence House, London. The Earth Awards are part of the Prince of Wales’ Start initiative, which invited Earth Awards to showcase the winning innovations.

All five designs address the challenges of facing the world today due to climate change – with immediately implementable ideas. The original Eco Villa was designed by one of Six Senses’ architects, Louis Thompson – a prototype zero carbon emissions structure that showcases a number of experimental environmental technologies and uses locally sourced building materials.

Sonu Shivdasani, chairman and CEO of Six Senses Resorts and Spas, said he was honored to have Soneva Kiri by Six Senses’ Eco Villa selected for such a prestigious event.

“The Eco Villa is a naturally attentive design and to see it recreated in beautiful British surroundings, really shows how adaptable and versatile the design and concept are. At Six Senses, we naturally strive to create pioneering designs – ones that can play a part in changing the world for better in future years.”

The replica villa will later be relocated to Lydeny Park Estate for public viewing and where it will become home to a permanent centre for learning about sustainable practices.

This year’s event was free for up to 10,000 guests.

Start was initiated by the Prince of Wales in 2008 as a new project to raise awareness about the consequences of climate change by presenting tangible solutions that everyone can easily integrate into their daily lives and achieve a more sustainable lifestyle.

An international competition was launched to identify examples of sustainable design in six different categories – built environment, product design, systems, fashion, social justice and future.

Six Senses operates 15 resorts and each is operated and run on Six Senses’s core principle of SLOW LIFE, which stands for Sustainable, Local, Organic, Wholesome, Learning, Inspiring, Firm, Experience.

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