Bluepencil Designs’ latest commission was to design an environmentally
friendly, luxury holiday retreat for eco-travellers. The site is at The Victoria
Falls in Zimbabwe. The designs include a 3 bedroomed ‘long house’ and two
different 1 bedroomed ’roundhouses’. Each house has ensuite bathrooms, a
kitchen and a living/dining area. The whole site will be solar powered and
water will be from boreholes.
The inspiration for the designs came from the traditional thatched houses
of Zimbabwe and will be decorated to reflect the shapes and colours (red
white and grey) found on the roundhouses at the Unesco World Heritage
site of ancient Great Zimbabwe at Masvingo.
Our client, Kumusha Luxury Travel, came up with the concept of creating a
mid price range holiday retreat that was affordable to the people of
Zimbabwe who want to visit the Victoria Falls but find that hotels in the
area only cater for wealthy international travellers. We are delighted to be
involved in this interesting project, which although a departure from our
residential masterplanning specialism, still involves designing houses.