PortfolioThe Bentley Suite at the St. Regis New York
New York, New York, USA
Macambini, KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa
CHALLENGE The challenge for the 16,500-hectare (40,590-acre) property was to create a new city and environment for over 400,000 residents on an existing veld (grassland) populated by giraffe, zebra, springbok and crocodiles. The site is next to the Indian Ocean, 40 minutes north of the new King Shaka International Airport, near Durban.
SOLUTION AmaZulu Valley is a visionary project that will embody the ideal of an African renaissance that has relevance to today's awareness of conservation as well as the intrinsic qualities of the Zulu culture. Taking inspiration from the Zulus belief of stewardship of the land a storyline was created based on the elements of earth, wind, fire and water. This vision creates an opportunity to utilize many revolutionary sustainable design elements. A manmade lake becomes the focus of the heart of the master plan including theme parks, a city walk, iconic hotels and a downtown office development. The site is 40% developed while 60% open, green space is preserved to allow the wild animals' access around the site to existing grazing and water.
SIZE 16,500 Hectares
AMENITIES King Shaka Zulu cultural center, theme park, water park, city walk, urban core, hotels, resorts and spas, sports village, golf courses, marina, residential developments, offices, education facilities and eleven Zulu villages.