WORDS Michaela Stehr IMAGES courtesy of xCassia
Plans for Zanzibar’s Domino Tower has been revealed to potentially be Africa’s second tallest building developed by Dubia-based firm xCassia.
The spiralled 70-storey tower is inspired by domino pieces and will be erected on a man-made island in an archipelago 160 kilometres away from the capital Dars es Salaam (and 15 kilometres from UNESCO’s World Heritage site of Stone Town).
Playing host to Africa’s latest luxury hotel, it will also feature 500 residential units, an observation deck, entertainment section, wedding chapel, a golf course, retail facilities and a spa.
“First sketched in Paris in 2009 after my late father, two sons and I played a round of dominos, 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. All it lacked was the right visionary investor and site to make it come true,” said founder and design director of xCassia, Jean-Paul Cassia.
The build is said to take four years to complete from commencement.