The proposed resort is located in the natural landscape of Tanzania in a prime position overlooking Lake Manyara. The brief was to design a holiday resort that provides a unique and cultural experience of both relaxation and entertainment.
The design concept derives from, and is a blend of, the diverse cultures of Tanzania, that being the indigenous Masai culture, the Swahili coast, colonial influences, and finally the infinite elements of the natural environment.
The architectural language originates from the shape of a leaf, which lead to organic yet structured building forms that utilise local materials and craftsmanship. The result is a natural yet contemporary architectural design that is organic and raw, while being luxurious and sophisticated.
The programmatic spatial order of the resort is arranged such that visitors are guided through a unique experience from beginning to end. Visitors arrive at the arrival square and enter into the reception area. Leading off the reception are various entertainment, recreational, and relaxation spaces.
The entertainment space includes a bar and pool, a discotheque, a variety of restaurants, and a circus, as well as a dedicated children’s entertainment area.
The recreational space includes a wide selection of sports and outdoor activities.
The relaxation space is specifically designed to create a place of passive activity and enjoyment through the use of a luxurious spa, gym, and calm pool.
Accommodation units range from clustered arrangements to private tented camps.