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Story of Dr.Cem Kinay in Turks and Caicos Islands Part 2

Dr:Cem Kinay

Dellis Cay

Dellis Cay is  a pristine island situated in the Turks and Caicos Islands, a British Overseas Territory. It is a 20 minute boat ride from the main island of Providenciales and next to Parrot Cay.

Dellis Cay would be the most spoken project worldwide with an investment of one billion USD and would be home for around 100 families from around the world and around 1000 TCI people would get a job at world best hotel company Mandarin Oriental .

I am sure Dellis Cay ,when would be completed and opened in 2010 ,would change the whole destiny of Turks and Caicos Island.

I have today still the same belief.My involvement in the TCI dates from early 2005 at which time I was seeking development opportunities for the development company, the O Property Collection Gmbh, Austria which was also owned beneficially by the Austrian Foundations.  The aim of O Property Collection was to leverage my and my partner Oguz Serim’s successful background in luxury resort development and management. We are highly regarded in that industry. I was introduced to Donatella Zignone Dini, then the owner of Dellis Cay, a private island of 560 acres of which 220 acres were privately owned by one of her companies Dellis Cay Development Company Ltd (DCDC), and the remaining 340 acres TCIG owned in the Turks and Caicos Islands. As of 30 June 2005, Dellis Cay had no Development Agreement, therefore no zoning, no permits, no water, some roads, and an underground electricity line passing through the island.  Turks Ltd bought the island for US$18 million.

I have on November 2006 signed a management and branding agreement with Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group for the branding and management of Dellis Cay.

I have hired for this exceptional development worlds best and well known architects, design partners.

SHIGERU BAN

PARIS, FRANCE / TOKYO, JAPAN

Shigeru Ban, born in Tokyo, studied at the Southern California Institute of Architecture from 1977 to 1980, and graduated from the Cooper Union School of Architecture in 1984. He was apprenticed in the studios of Arata Isozaki from 1982-83 and in 1985 he opened his own studios in Tokyo. In 1996 he was awarded the Kansai Architect Grand Prize and the first prize in the Mainichi Design Award. Ban is known for his research into the use of economic materials, especially Paper Tube structure.  His recent projects include the Japanese Pavilion at Expo 2000, and the New Pompidou Centre in Metz, France. He also worked for the UNHCR to develop refugee’s shelters in Rwanda and disaster relief houses after earthquakes in Kobe (1995), Turkey (1999), India (2001) and the Tsunami in Sri Lanka (2004).

Ban would undertake the construction of the Caribbean’s first true over-the-water villas in Dellis Cay’s “South Beach” Lifestyle Zone. Each villa would l be divided into a main villa located on the beach and a floating house that will be entirely surrounded by water and linked to the beach by a discreet floating deck.  Ban would also design one of the “The West Beach Estates,” located at the most desirable location on Dellis Cay and enjoying the longest beachfront and the largest villas.  A sparsely developed Lifestyle Zone with most of the natural vegetation of the cay intact, the West Beach Estates will offer magnificent views of the reef located just offshore. 

DAVID CHIPPERFIELD

LONDON, UK

David Chipperfield trained at the Architectural Association in London and worked for Douglas Stephen, Richard Rogers and Norman Foster. He was a founding member and director of the 9H Gallery and a trustee of the Architecture Foundation. He is currently Professor of Architecture at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Stuttgart. David Chipperfield Architects was established in 1984, and has since undertaken work in Europe, Japan and the US. In 1997, Chipperfield won a major competition to redevelop the Neues Museum, one of the most important public buildings in Berlin, involving its reconstruction and re-interpretation as a historical monument. In 1999, he was awarded the Tessenow Gold Medal, and in 2004 he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to architecture.

David Chipperfield Architects would be responsible for design and development of the “North Beach” Lifestyle Zone at Dellis Cay. The North Beach development lies on a natural peninsula, enjoying spectacular views of both the neighboring island of Parrot Cay to the north and the island’s mangrove interior to the south. David Chipperfield Architects would develop modern luxury villas, each with at least 150 feet of ocean frontage affording direct access to the channel that connects Dellis Cay and Parrot Cay. 

Chipperfield would also design one of the “The West Beach Estates,” located at the most desirable location on Dellis Cay and enjoying the longest beachfront and the largest villas.  A sparsely developed Lifestyle Zone with most of the natural vegetation of the cay intact, the West Beach Estates will offer magnificent views of the reef located just offshore.

CARL ETTENSPERGER

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE

Carl Ettensperger, Managing Director of C&C Studio, a Singapore-based boutique design studio, is a graduate from the Art Centre College of Design, Pasadena, Calif. His illustrious career includes being an MD of Hirsch/Bedner & Associates (HBA)

and Wimberly Allison Tong Goo (WATG), Singapore, as well as setting up his own company, Interior Design Network International Pte Ltd (IDNI), in 1996. C&C Studio was established in 2001. He has been involved in some of the most prestigious mega-projects in the hospitality industry, including The Residence Hotel in Tunisia; Grand Hyatt, Taipei; St George’s Terrace, Australia; Grand Hyatt, Bali; The Canyon Ranch Spa Club, Las Vegas; The Park, Calcutta; Hyatt Regency, Kathmandu, Nepal; Canyon Ranch Health Resort; and the Bali Hyatt Spa in Indonesia. Some of his more recently completed projects are The Living Room, Marriott Hotel, Singapore; the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Hong Kong; Leela Palace Hotel in Bangalore and Bombay and the Hilton, Maldives.

Carl Ettensperger has also been selected to develop over-the-water villas in Dellis Cay’s “South Beach” Zone.  These water villas will be created in a style reminiscent of traditional Asian architecture, and will be adjacent to the over-water restaurant, a main attraction on the island, where residents and guests will enjoy fine dining on the pristine beach.Carl Ettensperger died in 2013.RIP for him.

ZAHA HADID

LONDON, UK

Zaha Hadid studied architecture at the Architectural Association in London, where she was awarded the Diploma Prize in 1977. Hadid began her own practice in 1979 with the design of an apartment in Eaton Place, London, which was awarded the Architectural Design Gold Medal in 1982. Since then, Hadid has won many awards, and most recently was the recipient of the 2004 Pritzker Architecture Prize. Hadid’s past projects include Strasbourg (2000), JVC Hotel Guadalajara (2000), National Library of Quebec Montreal (2000), and Bergisel Ski Jump Innsbruck (1999), among others.  Hadid has won many awards for her work, and most recently was the recipient of the 2004 Pritzker Architecture Prize.

Hadid has been commissioned to oversee the Dellis Cay Master Plan, as well to design the futuristic-themed “Marina” Lifestyle Zone, which includes luxury condos and a hotel, a number of beachfront villas, a commercial building with restaurants and boutiques, a marina with 110 slips and 4 to 5 mega-yachts, and a lighthouse.  The Marina Zone will encompass fluid architecture that uses water as a common design element, both outside and inside the marina space.  Hadid will also design the one of the “The West Beach Estates,” located at the most desirable location on Dellis Cay and enjoying the longest beachfront and the largest villas.  A sparsely developed Lifestyle Zone with most of the natural vegetation of the cay intact, the West Beach Estates will offer magnificent views of the reef located just offshore.Zaha Hadid died in 2016.RIP Zaha Hadid

KENGO KUMA

TOKYO, JAPAN

Kengo Kuma established Kengo Kuma & Associates in 1990. The architect’s numerous residential works, museums, and other public facilities have received on-going critical acclaim and have won several national and international awards including the prestigious Architectural Institute of Japan Award in 1997. Recent projects include LVMH Group’s Japan headquarters completed in 2003, Suntory’s new Tokyo office building, and the Kodan Shinonome apartments completed in 2004, as well as the Great (Bamboo) Wall House – a structure formed primarily of glass and Chinese bamboo – outside of Beijing, completed in 2002. In addition to a professorship at Keio University’s Faculty of Science and Technology since 2001, Kuma frequently lectures at other institutions.

Kengo Kuma has been commissioned to create the “Spa” Lifestyle Zone at Dellis Cay, including what will be known as the Spa Lake Villas as well as the exclusive and exotic Resort Spa. Kuma would also design the one of the “The West Beach Estates,” located at the most desirable location on Dellis Cay and enjoying the longest beachfront and the largest villas.  A sparsely developed Lifestyle Zone with most of the natural vegetation of the cay intact, the West Beach Estates will offer magnificent views of the reef located just offshore.

PIERO LISSONI

MILAN, ITALY

Born in 1956, Piero Lissoni started his career as a designer in 1978.

After his Architecture degree at Milan Polytechnic, he started his collaboration with Boffi  in 1985. Together with Nicoletta Canesi, Piero Lissoni founded Lissoni Associati (1986) and Graph.x (1996) developing projects of Architecture, Interiors, Industrial and Graphic Design in addition to Art Direction and Corporate Image.  Among his clients : Alessi, Boffi, Cappellini, Cassina, Flos, Fritz Hansen, Glas, Kartell, Knoll International, Lema, Living Divani, Matteograssi,Poltrona Frau, Porro, Tecno, Thonet and Wella. Among his recent interior realisations: interiors of the Shangri La Hotel & Resort in Miami; a private villa near Como.

In Venice, restoration and furnishing of all common areas of the luxury Hotel “Monaco and Grand Canal” and the Bacaro Bar, a multifunctional space bar-library-restaurant adjacent to Hotel Monaco; in Istanbul the Bentley  design hotel ;  in Switzerland the “Al Porto” Hotel by the  Zurich Lake; in Tokyo the “Mitsui Garden” business Hotel in the trendy neighbourhood of Ginza.

In November 2005, Piero Lissoni  received one of the highest recognition in the design world: the prize “Hall of Fame of Interior Design” in the occasion of a reception  in  New York Waldorf Astoria and more recently  the “Best Kitchen 2005” Elle Décor International Award  for“ Table System ”  Boffi kitchen .

Lissoni would be responsible for architectural and interior design of Dellis Cay Phase I, comprised of the main Mandarin Oriental Hotel with ultra-luxury penthouses, residences, and beach villas.  The Hotel building will accommodate general areas such as the lobby, restaurants, bars, and pool. Lissoni will also design the one of the “The West Beach Estates,” located at the most desirable location on Dellis Cay and enjoying the longest beachfront and the largest villas.  A sparsely developed Lifestyle Zone with most of the natural vegetation of the cay intact, the West Beach Estates will offer magnificent views of the reef located just offshore.

  • On June 2008, the construction started and continued on Dellis Cay until October 2009.
  • The Dellis Cay development was funded by a mixture of funds from us, sales of residential lots and loans from the Trinidad and Tobago Unit Trust Corporation. 
  • The development proceeded in an unremarkable fashion from that date with the usual succession of planning applications (46 so far) and permits obtained.
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LAWSUIT AGAINST DR.CEM KINAY REJECTED BY NEW YORK JUDGE

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Statement of   Dr Cem Kinay with respect to the New York Court Judgment.

 Istanbul,Turkey 29 March 2012

Lawsuit against Dr Cem Kinay was rejected by Southern District Court of New York yesterday. Some of the Dellis Cay Villa buyers had brought an action in New York against Dr. Cem Kinay, his family and Mandarin Oriental Hotels for claimsrelatingtothefailedDellis  Cay project accusing  Dr. Kinay  siphoning fundsfromtheProjectforpersonal use, and failure to completetheProject. The District Judge in New York ordered  The Court is persuaded that   TCI   is   an  “available   and   adequate forum” and that “the  balance of private and public  interest  factors  tilts heavily  in favor of the alternative forum.” Accordingly,Kinay’s motionto dismisswas  granted and the case was closed.  Dr Kinay stated ‘I welcome New York Court’s decision, and hope a fair and just decision from the courts in TCI’

 

Dr. Kinay was creating a luxury island community involving unique designs from some of the world’s leading architects: Kengo Kuma, Zaha Hadid, Piero Lissoni, Shigeru Ban, David Chipperfield, Carl Ettensperger.   When completed, the development was to  be comprised of luxury villas  and residential units located around, and serviced by the world famous  Mandarin Oriental Hotel.  Construction of the first phase of the Project has commenced in June 2008 and unexpectedly halted on October  2009.  Despite the World Economic crisis in 2008, the construction of this billion dollar project was continuing until the political turmoil hit the Turks and Caicos Islands after the publishing of the unredacted Commission of Inquiry report in 2009.  On 12th August 2009  on the instruction of UK Ministers, Hon.  Governor Whetherell brought into force the Order in Council suspending parts of the Turks and Caicos Islands constitution.  The House of Assembly was dissolved and Members’ seats were vacated. Shortly after these events , Dellis Cay’s funder, Trinidad and Tobago Unit Trust Corporation has pulled its support to the Project and appointed a Receiver, all construction activities had stopped.

 

Dr Kınay stated ‘We are still trying to open a line of communication with Trinidad and Tobago Unit Trust Corporation to end the dispute, we are  discussing  with potential investors opportunities to bring Dellis Cay back on track.’.  Dr Kinay adds despite the adverse conditions, he is investing all his time to see the project to come back to life, the only way he believes the interest of all creditors will be served. Dr Kinay and his projects were victims of politics in Turks and Caicos Islands. Dr Kinay confirms this by saying ‘UK Governor Hon. Whetherell has published an unredacted Commission of İnquiry Report which damaged our reputation, and caused our main finance partner, Trinidad and Tobago Unit Trust to pull their support from Dellis Cay’. The Supreme Court of Turks and Caicos Islands had found on June 18th, 2009 that the adverse findings made against Dr Kinay were unlawful and that it was unlawful for the Governor to publish those findings. Dr Kinay remembers ‘Only weeks before the publishing of the unredacted Report, the bank was giving us support letters, stating that they have full trust in our management, and our ability to complete the Project, but just after the unredacted Report was published everything has changed.’

Dr Kinay stated that the accusations against him and his companies in the Report are groundless. He added ’ I have never bribed anyone in TCI, or elsewhere. I have offered full cooperation to the Commission of Inquiry, and later to the SIPT. I have provided them  with hard evidence of our innocence.  All our companies were audited by one of the  world’s top audit firm.’

 

Dr. Kinay’s TCI based court cases continue. He  has appealed the decisions of the TCI Supreme Court  against his dispute with the Trinidad and Tobago Unit Trust Corporation, and against the Government of TCI concerning Joe Grant Cay. He is eager to pursue these cases through national, and international courts until all venues are consumed.   ‘I have come to TCI at the beginning of 2005. We have provided jobs and business opportunities to hundreds of islanders. I have always appreciated the trust and the love of the local community. I am still very sorry for the loss of jobs and businesses when our project has been halted on October 2009. I hope that the people continue to believe that I will get this project back on track.’  Dr Kinay continued to state that he does hope that the political turmoil that started in 2009  will end with an election and  democracy will be back again  in TCI. ‘ These political events cost me my company, our purchasers their investments and the people of Turks and Caicos Islands their jobs. I appeal to the new Hon. Governor Todd  to support us for us to get Dellis cay back on track,  we hope his announcement confirming the return to  democracy and to a freely elected government  in Turks and Caicos Islands.’

 

Dr Kinay  practiced medicine at the General Hospital of Vienna in Austria.  He  received his PhD from the University of Vienna Medical School in 1984.   In 1987, Magister Oguz Serim   and Dr Kinay set up a tour operator by the name of Gulet Touristik, the largest tour operator in Austria.  In 1990, They founded the Magic Life Hotels.  Magic Life owned and managed luxury properties in Turkey, Greece, Tunisia, Spain, Austria ,Egypt and Bulgaria. In 2004, they sold Magic Life and Gulet Touristik to the German tour operator TUI AG, one of the world’s largest tour operators. 

 

Dr Kinay is widely recognized for his  contributions to the travel and Hotel industry, In 1996 he was lauded as Austria’s “Tourism Manager of the Year” and in 1997, as “Man of the Year” and Finally on 2007, he has  been honored with State Medal Of Austria”.

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The Art of Dellis Cay,Turks and Caicos Islands

[wpvideo sijmwIwX]Dellis Cay is a private island ,in Turks and Caicos,developed by Cem Kinay,a Turkish born and in Austria grown tourism mogul.

Cem Kinay started the development for Mandarin Oriental Hotels ,Residences and private Villas,designed by world-famous architects like Zaha Hadid and David Chipperfield from UK,Piero Lissoni from Italy,Shigeru Ban and Kengo Kuma from Japan and Carl Ettensperger from Singapour.

The groundbreaking for the project was 2008 and Cem Kinay and his companies had to stop the construction end of 2009 because of political blow through UK in Turks and Caicos.Since August 2009 an interim government appointed through UK Governor is in the power.The for 2011 promised election is still not happened and Cem Kinay is in dispute with Trinidad Tobago bank and Uk appointed government.He is a political victim.

The Art of Dellis Cay Images by Christian Postl,a very successful artist from Austria.

The featured Image is in Memory and Respect of 500 workers on the site.

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