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28-Story Residential Timber Building is Proposed in Zanzibar

21 October 2022 | Zanzibar, Tanzania
Rendering by GiDstudio for OMT Architects
Rendering by GiDstudio for OMT Architects

A 28-story residential and commercial base building designed using a hybrid timber construction has been proposed for the island city of Zanzibar, Tanzania. Called the Burj Zanzibar—“burj” meaning tower in Arabic—the proposed 96-meter high-rise represents an iconic landmark not only for the island but for the whole of Africa and a global environmental milestone, being a tall timber structure.

The design was unveiled to the public in Muscat, Oman on 1 October, 2022. Architecture firm Leander Moons designed the concept. The residential tower will be located in Fumba Town, East Africa’s pioneering eco-town developed by German-led engineering firm CPS and will have 266 residences. It is categorized as a strategic investment along a 1.5-kilometer seashore on the southwest coast, where foreigners are allowed to buy. With turquoise seas, white sandy beaches and a UNESCO-protected historic Stone Town, Zanzibar recorded 15 percent annual growth in tourism in recent years and 6.8 percent economic growth.

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The high-rise will stand on a terraced podium with shared and private gardens , shops and a common pool. Sizes of units range from studios to a vast penthouse with a private pool on the 26th floor.

Read more on this story at The Citizen.