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WATG completes design of lodge in Tanzania, Africa November 20, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Architecture.
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Destination design firm Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo (WATG) has recently completed the architectural design and master planning of Sasakwa Hill Lodge at Singita Grumeti Reserves in Tanzania, Africa.

The design challenge was to create a sustainable destination consisting of luxury safari lodges in various locations throughout the private Grumeti Game Reserve. A hilltop lodge was designed in the East African colonial manor home style with views over the Serengeti plains. The resort was positioned on the renowned migratory route traversed annually by more than a million wildebeest and home to large herds of resident game. The lodge can accommodate up to 30 people, with one- to four-bed suites arranged across the seven cottages. Each cottage has its own infinity pool and private gardens.

“Sasakwa Lodge fulfilled some of my lifetime ambitions as an African-born architect. It was incredibly exciting to be involved throughout such a unique project,” said Celia Geyer, senior associate and lead architect on the project.

Sustainability was a key element of the project. Half of all of the project’s construction was done by local villagers, so these people were given the opportunity to develop new skills for use on future projects. The project was designed to merge with the environment in that the colors and building heights match the landscape. Furthermore, not one tree was killed during the building of the project. Some were moved, but they were always replanted.

The lodge is on nearly 300,000 acres (120,000 hectares) and includes an array of amenities: lounges, library, wine room, billiards room, bar, dining room, retail shop, spa, sports pavilion including archery, tennis pavilion and courts, and an equestrian centre.

Since its founding in 1945, WATG has specialized in hospitality, leisure and entertainment design from its offices around the world. The firm is best known for such internationally-acclaimed projects as King George II Palace, Athens, Greece; Four Seasons Dublin, Ireland; The Palace of the Lost City, Sun City, South Africa; Claridge’s Hotel, London, England; Movenpick Dead Sea Resort, Jordan; Hyatt Regency La Manga, Cartagena, Murcia, Spain; and Regency Casino, Thessaloniki, Greece. For more information, visit www.watg.com.

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