Situated on the remote southern tip of Zanzibar, Kizikula comprises nine guest houses, designed by architecture practice Case Design (Mumbai), and set in landscaped gardens by New Zealand's Andy Hamilton. The embodiment of situational design, Case' scheme makes use of the uppermost land strata there–a beautiful coral-coloured stone–to clad the buildings, and use of local materials is a recurring motif.
Before undertaking the identity design, working closely with the founders, we first guided the naming process; Kizikula is a portmanteau of kizi (prefix of the name of the closest village–Kizimkazi) and 'kula' from the Tantric meaning 'family' or group; to instil a sense of togetherness in the name–a requisite of the founders, whose vision is of a familial, welcoming place.
The symbols in the identity are hieroglyphics that symbolise the constellation Sirius–visible in the night sky directly above the hotel, at a certain time of year.
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