The summer weather makes us long for peaceful holiday resorts and inspiring projects. We would love to spend some time at Selas House in Kenya. Today, we take you to this beautiful project designed by Urko Sanchez Architects.
Architect Urko Sanchez is an award-winning architecture firm, with branches in Kenya and Spain, known for excellence in every design. Their projects vary in size, complexity and function. In each case, the focus is on the client and the context, and the firm has a tailored approach to each unique project. The focus is on working more closely with their clients and interpreting their vision as faithfully as possible.
Combination of traditional Swahili design and contemporary architecture.
The client of the project called Selas House wanted a private home that had a connection to the traditional houses of the city of Lamu in Kenya. Architect Urko Sanchez, for example, optimised the shell to provide natural ventilation and plenty of light. The design gives the residents a sense of outdoor living, contact with nature and integration with the surroundings. This innovative architecture shows its attachment to history by drawing inspiration from the rich traditions of Swahili design. By adding older aspects of a traditional Swahili house, such as the original walls, this newly built house fits perfectly within the architectural style of the surrounding village. Centred on the courtyard, a magnificent magnolia tree grows along the entire façade to the top of the house. A second courtyard, connected to the back of the building through the dining room, features a plunge pool. This open design provides good ventilation and maximum light for the entire two floors. Here and there, Swahili decor and details provide the feeling of living in an authentic house. Want to get enchanted by more impressive projects and inspiring architecture? Be sure to follow us on Instagram on the account Imagicasa Architecture. On this page, we will share unique realisations, promising designs and innovative ideas daily.
Photography by Alberto Heras