WORDS Amelia Brown
Lulie Fisher Design Studio has been appointed to design the luxurious interiors of the beach- and golf-front villas for Africa’s largest mixed-use development.
Work has begun on the landmark tropical island resort, which is set to feature world-class hospitality facilities, five international hotels, an Ernie Els signature 18-hole golf course, a water park, and an underwater restaurant and nightclub.
Dubai-based Lulie and her team are working on the first residential phase, which is due to be completed in 2020 and consists of 47 luxury double storey villas that are available for sale to both local and foreign buyers. The two-, three-, and four-bedroom villas have been designed to maximise the spectacular views of the ocean, lakes or golf course.
In response to their island setting, Lulie has developed a design language that reflects the rugged landscape and the tranquil blue waters. She’s interpreted and translated that language through the use of natural, earthy palettes and textured surfaces. “The beauty of the site is unprecedented for us and the vision for its sustainable development is very exciting,” she says.
“We knew we wanted to create a very contemporary, timeless and luxurious atmosphere, but also to integrate elements from the history and aesthetic of Zanzibar that provide the development with a strong sense of place and unique attributes,” Lulie explains.
Lulie’s natural palettes are juxtaposed with elements of luxury and sophistication including stylish yet functional kitchens and bathrooms. “We sought to create an elegant, neutral backdrop using rich materials and finishes while adding key ‘feature’ walls and furniture pieces that either incorporate or are directly inspired from African design, colours, textiles and textures.”