See Zanzibar Domino – a breathtaking skyscraper in an island resort that, as the name suggests, resembles a giant domino game.
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 the tower was first sketched in Paris in 2009 “after my late father, two sons and I played a round of dominoes.”
Zanzibar’s Domino Tower is being built on an artificial island that will be connected to the west coast of Zanzibar by a bridge. It will house hotel and residential units with spectacular south-southwest-facing outdoor terraces for ‘stunning views of Stone Town, the coastline and ethereal sunsets of Zanzibar’
Facilities on Zanzibar Domino include a marina, golf course, a six-star hotel and an observation deck
He added: ‘I’ve dreamed of building this project for over ten years. Between its innate mathematical order and geometries found in nature, its clean lines and proportions that evoke growth, progress and freedom, it had all the orientations of an icon that anyone could remember and draw on a paper napkin.”
The tower will be built on a 370,000 m² man-made island, connected by a bridge to the west coast of Zanzibar, 15 minutes from the Unesco World Heritage Site of Stone Town – and within the zoning complex will house a dizzying array of functions and amenities.
In the lower part of the development, xCassia revealed, will be a marina, aquarium, exhibition and cultural pavilion, and an international conference facility for up to 1,000 delegates.
On the outer spiral will be a mix of shops and food and beverage outlets, a yacht club and a rooftop infinity pool and cinema.
On a part of the complex called the Zanzibar Domino Island Resort, which can be accessed privately by helicopter, boat or bridge, there will be 104 ‘exclusive’ overwater villas with dedicated concierge kiosks, four helicopters and docks connecting the residences to ‘ a lighthouse’. structure that serves as a visual beacon, traffic junction and facilities center’.
The resort will also boast 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 platform.
What’s more, xCassia said, “in a sweeping descent from top to bottom, all hotel and residential units will have spectacular south-southwest-facing outdoor terraces for stunning views of Stone Town, the coastline and Zanzibar’s ethereal sunsets.” ‘.
The project, originally planned for Hạ Long Bay in Vietnam but moved to Zanzibar last year, is supported by 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 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 was transferred 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 offers visitors, residents and businesses a multifaceted program designed to create distinctive experiences, professional journeys and investment opportunities all year round.
“We are delighted to be working with Jean-Paul Cassia and his exceptional partners and team to develop this groundbreaking project.”
Construction of Zanzibar Domino will begin in the next six months – and its height is being kept a secret for now.