urko sanchez architects has designed the ‘tudor apartments’ — an intimate development of 14 residences in mombasa, kenya. the project is characterized by an environmentally-conscious design that is closely integrated to the tropical setting on mombasa island. the architects describe the project as showing its attachment to mombasa’s history by borrowing inspiration from the rich traditions of swahili design’.

urko sanchez tudor apartments
all images by javier callejas

 

 

the architects sought to design a project with minimal environmental impact through careful adaptation to the land’s natural slope. mangroves and other trees on the site were left intact and vegetation is integrated into the project, offering freshness and greenery. the use of locally available materials and natural ventilation also lends itself to the building’s eco-friendly design. the project uses mtomo finish — a coral stone cladding technique original to lamu — that contributes to ventilation due to the porosity of the material. 

urko sanchez tudor apartments
the north façade is free of the exterior shell, allowing clear views towards the sea

 

 

the iconic mucharabiah skin, which wraps around the apartments, was developed following a study of different traditional patterns. in addition to its ornamental qualities, it provides privacy and allows for filtered, natural light to enter the apartments. the north façade of the building is left open with clear views of the surrounding waters. the skin is entirely structural: a feat achieved through a collaboration between local and international engineers.

urko sanchez tudor apartments
the project is characterized by a moucharabiah structural shell for optimized natural ventilation and light

urko sanchez tudor apartments
in the distinct bottom houses, the patios allow double ventilation while greenery creates a cool atmosphere

urko sanchez tudor apartments
the open design ensures clear views of the surrounding landscape

urko sanchez tudor apartments
wood lattices allow air to circulate from the seaside through the interiors and to the patios

urko sanchez tudor apartments
the distinctive skin filters light while maximizing natural daylighting

urko sanchez tudor apartments
cross ventilation is possible from the sea, through the shaded terraces

urko sanchez tudor apartments
the setting is characterized by a savanna tropical climate and a land crossed by creeks

urko sanchez tudor apartments
the development is situated on the creek´s waterfront, which is a privileged location north of mombasa island

urko sanchez tudor apartments
the scenery outside the apartments is maximized through terraces and balconies leading towards an infinity pool

 

 

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