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Red Pepper House

Red Pepper House – Located on the island of Lamu towards the north end of the town, the plot is immersed in vegetation and bordered by the beach on its southeast slopes. The forest, consisting mainly of mangroves, provides very few open spaces in between and hosts an abundance of chirping birds. These natural features enable the development of a building whose design creates a harmonious dialogue with its surroundings. Without being completely isolated from the local population, its location provides a space where privacy is safeguarded by the nature that surrounds it… Read more




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SOS Children’s Village

SOS Children’s Village  A medina for children designed according to extreme weather conditions and community traditions. Djibouti is located in the Horn of Africa, which suffers from persistent droughts and severe scarcities. We were approached by SOS Kinderdorf to design a residential compound of 15 houses where to run their family-strengthening programmes. We learnt about SOS systems, about the community where the project would take place, their nomadic traditions and the extreme climate of the region… Read more

Tudor Apartments

Tudor Apartments – Tudor Apartments is an intimate project of 14 apartments in Tudor Creek-Mombasa. Enveloped in a musharabieh structural shell, the building is distinctive in its creative design, ensuring privacy and optimizing natural ventilation&lighting. We took the challenge of translating our contemporary Swahili style to a groundbreaking high-rise structure where the apartments benefit from the experience of outdoor living, contact with nature and the integration of the surroundings into each private home… Read more


Four Houses in Manzooni

Four Houses in Manzooni – A very special, Machakos-based client asked Urko Sanchez Architects to develop a house which featured, mainly, a thatched roof and contemporary architecture. Accordingly, our team did a tremendous amount of investigative research on thatched roofing in South Africa where there is copious experience in building this type of resourceful, eco-friendly covering… Read more








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