Nestled on a steeply sloping forest site on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kiambu Residence is a private residential project that seamlessly integrates with the natural environment.
This three-storey house was thoughtfully designed to become an integral part of the landscape, which offers expansive vistas of the surrounding area. The lower level of the house is inserted within the site, creating an extension of the forest floor.
The entry sequence was carefully choreographed to create a sense of anticipation and discovery, as a long driveway winds down towards the entrance court, which is nestled amidst the lower-level landscaped formations. The Guest-wing was submerged into the sloped terrain on this lower level, which resulted in an organic flow between the house and its surroundings. Large apertures in the green roof allow for an abundance of natural light to flood the interiors of the suites.
The ground storey is open plan and extends outwards on covered balcony terraces.
The first storey of the house was intentionally articulated from the ground and is entirely clad in aluminium with sharp chamfered edges, which resulted in a striking contrast to the organic concrete forms and natural landscape of the lower levels.
A separate gazebo positioned further down the terrain provides an additional secluded sanctuary, allowing residents to fully immerse themselves in the beauty of the surroundings.