Detached Houses

Four Houses in Manzooni / Urko Sanchez Architects

  • Architect:Urko Sanchez Architects
  • Location:Machakos, Kenya
  • Date:2014
  • Area:650m2 x 4
  • Client:UKOO Ltd. KENYA
  • Collaborators:Marcos Velasco, Eric Lindenberg, Ranjit Singh


Four Houses in Manzooni –  Description of Urko Sanchez Architects.

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.

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We gained a lot of expertise in the features, benefits and recent enhancements of this particular roofing technique in order render “Four Houses for Four Friends” a comfortable, classic, yet cutting-edge reality. We also proceeded to develop a floor plan for the home in which all of the rooms basically view the beautiful hills at the front of the plot, in the direction of faraway Lukenya, Thika.

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A double-storey living room and the strong presence of a ceramic, pot-bellied chimney in the center of it all provide a natural, “living” presence in this Machakos residence.


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