Watamu, Kenya

Having been approached to find a new way of responding to beachfront coastal sites in Watamu, Kenya, we started by carrying out extensive research into potential sales markets, social equality in construction and ownership before proposing a new model of development that targeted the increasing numbers of middle-class Kenyans looking for second homes nearer the sea. Built from stone quarried on-site, local timber and thatch roofing, and using standardised construction techniques but incorporating international standards of design, biodiversity and water usage reduction/treatment of foul water.

Watamu street scene
watamu aerial
watamu perspective

Sustainable Measures

Natural sustainable materials and reused materials

Passive solar gain regulation/orientation studies undertaken during design

Electric car charging and allocated space for future battery installation

Minimal internal structure to allow future alteration

Home working space

Rain water harvesting to a large beneath ground tank

Biodiverse landscaping used

Watamu, Kenya
Beachfront Development