Behold Zanzibar Domino – a breathtaking island resort skyscraper that looks, as the name suggests, like a giant game of dominoes.
It was, in fact, inspired by the popular tile-based game.
Jean-Paul Cassia, the founder and design director of the New York and Dubai-based architecture firm behind the design, xCassia, said that the tower was first sketched in Paris in 2009 ‘after my late father, two sons and I played a round of dominoes’.
The Zanzibar Domino Tower will be built on a man-made island linked by a bridge to the west coast of Zanzibar. It will house hotel and residential units that have spectacular outer terraces oriented south-southwest for ‘stunning views of Stone Town, the coastline and ethereal Zanzibar sunsets’
Facilities at Zanzibar Domino will include a marina, 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 geometries found in nature, its pure lines and proportions that evoke growth, progress and freedom, it had all the bearings of an icon anyone could remember and draw on a paper napkin.’
The tower will be built on a 370,000 m sq (3,982,646 sq ft) 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 the destination complex will be a dazzling array of features and amenities.
In the lower part of the development, revealed xCassia, will be a marina, an aquarium, an exhibition and cultural pavilion and an international conferencing facility for up to 1,000 delegates.
On the outer spiral will be a mix of retail and food and drinks outlets, a yacht club and rooftop infinity pool, and a cinema.
On a part of the complex called the Zanzibar Domino Island Resort and privately accessed either by helicopter, boat or bridge will be 104 ‘exclusive’ over-water villas with dedicated concierge kiosks, four helipads and berth arrival docks linking the residences to ‘a lighthouse structure that serves as a visual beacon, transport junction and amenities centre’.
The resort will also boast a golf course with a clubhouse and a wedding chapel accessed by an over-water bridge.
The tower, meanwhile, will house residences, spas, a ‘five and six-star hotel’, panoramic lifts and a dedicated observation platform.
What’s more, said xCassia, ‘in a sweeping descent from the top-down, all hotel and residential units will have spectacular outer terraces oriented south-southwest for stunning views of Stone Town, the coastline and ethereal Zanzibar sunsets’.
The project, originally planned for Hạ Long Bay in Vietnam but switched to Zanzibar last year, is backed by the Tanzanian AICL Group and Crowland Management Ltd.
Jean-Paul Cassia, the founder and design director of the New York and Dubai-based architecture firm behind the Zanzibar Domino design, xCassia , said that the tower was first sketched in Paris in 2009 ‘after my late father, two sons and I played a round of dominoes’
Zanzibar Domino is being positioned as ‘one of Africa’s first truly iconic global destinations’. The tower was originally planned for Hạ Long Bay in Vietnam, but switched 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 conferencing, the Zanzibar Domino will offer visitors, residents and businesses a multi-faceted program designed to create distinctive year-round experiences, professional pathways and investment opportunities.
‘We are thrilled to be working with Jean-Paul Cassia and his exceptional partners and team for the development of this ground-breaking project.’
Construction of Zanzibar Domino is due to start in the next six months – and its height is being kept under wraps for now.