See Zanzibar Domino: an impressive island resort skyscraper that looks, as the name suggests, a giant game of dominoes.
In fact, it was inspired by the popular tile-based game.
Jean-Paul Cassia, founder and chief designer of the New York and Dubai-based architecture firm behind the design, xCassia, said the tower was first drawn in Paris in 2009 “after my late father, two sons and I played a game of dominoes.”
The Zanzibar Domino Tower will be built on an artificial island linked by a bridge to the west coast of Zanzibar. It will house hotel and residential units that have spectacular south-southwest facing exterior terraces for “ breathtaking views of Stone Town, the coastline and the ethereal sunsets of Zanzibar. ”
Zanzibar Domino facilities will include a marina, a golf course, a six-star hotel and an observation deck.
He added: ‘I dreamed of building this project for over a decade. Between its innate mathematical order and the geometries found in nature, its pure lines and proportions that evoke growth, progress and freedom, it had all the characteristics of an icon that anyone could remember and draw on a paper napkin ”.
The tower will be built on a 370,000-square-meter (3,982,646-square-foot) man-made island linked by a bridge to the west coast of Zanzibar, 15 minutes from the Unesco World Heritage Site of Stone Town, and within From the destination complex there will be a dazzling array of features and amenities.
At the bottom of the development, xCassia revealed, there will be a marina, an aquarium, a cultural and exhibition pavilion, and an international conference facility with capacity for 1,000 delegates.
On the outer spiral there will be a combination of retail and food and beverage stores, a yacht club and a rooftop infinity pool, and a movie theater.
In one part of the complex called Zanzibar Domino Island Resort and which is accessed privately, either by helicopter, boat or bridge, there will be 104 ‘exclusive’ overwater villas with concierge kiosks, four helipads and arrival docks linking the residences with ‘a lighthouse structure that serves as a visual beacon, transport junction and service center’.
The complex will also feature a golf course with a clubhouse and wedding chapel accessed by a bridge over the water.
The tower, meanwhile, will house residences, spas, a ‘five- and six-star hotel’, panoramic elevators and a dedicated observation deck.
What’s more, said xCassia, ‘in a sweeping descent from top to bottom, all hotel and residential units will have spectacular south-southwest facing outdoor terraces to enjoy breathtaking views of Stone Town, the coastline and the ethereal sunsets of Zanzibar. ‘.
The project, originally planned for Hạ Long Bay in Vietnam but moved to Zanzibar last year, is supported by the AICL Group of Tanzania and Crowland Management Ltd.
Jean-Paul Cassia, founder and design director of the New York and Dubai-based architecture firm behind the design of Zanzibar Domino, xCassia, said the tower was first drawn in Paris in 2009, after my late father, two sons and I played a round of dominoes’
Zanzibar Domino is positioning itself as “one of Africa’s first truly iconic global destinations”. The tower was originally planned for Hạ Long Bay in Vietnam, but was moved to Zanzibar last year.
Youssef S. Amour, Executive Chairman of AICL Group, said: ‘Positioned as one of Africa’s first truly iconic global destinations for tourism, entertainment, culture and conferences, the Zanzibar Domino will offer visitors, residents and businesses a multifaceted program designed to create distinctive year-round experiences, career paths, and investment opportunities.
“We are delighted to be working with Jean-Paul Cassia and his exceptional partners and his team to develop this pioneering project.”
Construction of Zanzibar domino It is scheduled to begin in the next six months, and its height is being kept under wraps for now.