Kenyan Architecture - Tarakibu Architects

Kenyan Architecture

Kenyan Architecture is the process and the product of planning, designing, and constructing buildings and other physical structures using Kenyan architectural styles.

Kenyan architectural styles make use of traditional building design and techniques combined with modern techniques.

Traditional Kenyan Architecture

In order to fully embrace the techniques of a particular people, the designer has to consider their unique requirements. kenyan-architectureKenyan Architecture in particular should consider the weather conditions of Kenya and of the specific region within Kenya that the design will be implemented.  Traditional techniques generally tried to make sure that the houses remained cool because the country in general is relatively hot. Houses in Mombasa have always been designed to have free flowing air for natural air conditioning. Traditional Kenyan Architecture also made use of very light building materials to help with heat and ventilation management. Get aussie online help with your essays.

Traditional Kenyan Architecture also made use of readily available material in the immediate environment. For instance, the inhabitants of the coastal region of Kenya made wide use of Makuti and other reeds commonly found in coastal areas.

Inhabitants of the Kenyan interior mostly used dried banana leaves and reeds generally found in regions that are found inland of the country. The walls were made of mud and plastered with dung because this was widely and readily available and it provided shelter against rain, heat, wild animals and dust.

These elements have been adopted in modern Kenyan architecture and combined with western architecture. For instance the design in the image above uses very light weight roofing and a design that allows free flow of air.

At Tarakibu Architects we strive to incorporate these concepts in design to ensure that Kenyans have the most comfort in their households and maintain an element of their roots. For a sample of some of our designs, visit the following pages.