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The Vipingo Ridge Villas in Kenya by Urko Sanchez Architects depict contemporary Swahili architecture



Forty luxurious villas spread over three levels with sea views from every single room. This 15-acre development, depicts true contemporary Swahili architecture, a style that offers up great terraces, natural ventilation and stucco finishes.

There are six different models for the townhouses which are built in clusters of five, but no two clusters are the same. Each shares a common swimming pool while individual units feature a plunge pool on their first-floor terraces. What’s more, complete hotel services such as laundry, room service and concierge are available. Adding further allure is that motor vehicles are restricted to the perimeter of the development. Only golf carts, pedestrians and bicyclists are allowed as transport throughout the villas, allowing for more leisure and less traffic.


This building is also a good example of what we call contemporary Swahili architecture with its high ceilings, traditional décor, and 21st century conveniences.

As such, we designed it to be;

  • located in the centre of it all and at the highest point of the plot,
  • a strong presence,
  • pleasing to the eye,
  • an atmospheric getaway and
  • an interesting view from every angle, hence its regular shape.

We introduced environmental features such as solar panels, while still creating a space – complete with changing rooms, a pro shop, office bar and a kitchen – that looks and feels luxurious.

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