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September 24, 2002
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It’s still only at the drawing board stage but the latest marine concept from Parisian architect Jean-Philippe Zoppini looks set to make some very large waves if it is ever launched. A giant ship-come-fantasy island, the Ile d’AZ takes the luxury cruising concept to a whole new level.

Forming a horseshoe around a giant swimming pool, and trailing a full-scale marina in its wake, the proposed development offers 4,000 apartments with accommodation for up to 10,000 guests.

“Residents” will be able to while away the hours at sea in the Ile d’AZ’s extensive shopping galleries or partake of the health and beauty treatments afforded by its thalassotherapy centre.

There will be no shortage of sporting activities on board either. For those who tire of working out in its several gymnasiums, there are tennis and basketball courts, a jogging track, bowling alley and sailing area. And once the sun sets over the distant horizon, the ship’s theatres, cinemas and restaurants aim to offer plenty in the way of nightlife.

Whether the enormous vessel ever makes it out of the realms of science fiction into reality remains in the hands of potential investors being courted to back the project.

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The proposed vessel forms a giant horseshoe around a central lagoon area, with thousands of cabins rising to 15 storeys high around itPhoto: © AFP
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Sheltering in its wake would be a full-scale marina area Photo: © AFP

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