Lulie Fisher Design Studio, headed by interior designer and architect Lulie Fisher, has been appointed to design the luxury beach and golf-front villas for the first phase of the Blue Amber resort in Zanzibar.
Once completed, the tropical island resort, developed by Pennyroyal Ltd, will be Africa’s largest mixed-use development, including five international hotels, an Ernie Els signature 18-hole golf course, a water park, and an underwater restaurant and nightclub.
The first phase of the residences at Blue Amber consists of 47 double-storey villas designed to maximise views of either the ocean, lakes, or golf course, with a design concept that takes its cues from the rugged land and blue waters of the island site. This has been translated through the use of natural, earthy palettes and textures surfaces.
“The beauty of the site is unprecedented for us and the vision for its sustainable development is exciting,” said Lulie Fisher.
“We knew we wanted to create very contemporary, timeless and luxurious atmosphere but also integrate elements from the history and aesthetic of Zanzibar that provide the development with a strong sense of place and unique attributes,” she said.
“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.”
The natural palette within the project is juxtaposed with elements of luxury through the integration of sophisticated kitchens and bathrooms. Pale blue hues have been chosen for the sanitary ware collection, inclusive of free-standing sculptural bath tubs with floor mounted faucets and wash basin vessels that are mounted on live edge timber vanities.
Recently, the design firm also completed the Dubai English Speaking College, designed around the concept of community and collaboration.
Lulie Fisher Design Studio also picked up the Best Interior Design Concept of the Year award at the 2017 CID Awards for its work on Manarat Al Saadiyat in Abu Dhabi, where the team repurposed the existing gallery spaces and sales centre into a social, cultural and educational hub for the arts.