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Swahili Gem
by Urko Sanchez Architects

Swahili Gem is a building consisting of 14 apartments in Tudor Creek, Mombasa, Kenya.

The mashrabiya structural shell optimises Swahili Gem's natural ventilation and light, as well as privacy. The building's design enables the residents to experience a sense of outdoor living, contact with nature and integration of the surroundings into each private home. Swahili Gem is committed to harmonising Mombasa's past, present and future. It prides itself in its innovative architecture, showing its attachment to Mombasa's history by borrowing inspiration from the rich traditions of Swahili design.

Architect: Urko Sanchez Architects
Project: Swahili Gem
Shortlisted for: Housing project


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