Kuruwitu Beach, Vipingo – Under construction, started September 2019
On a piece of wild untamed land fringed by the sea in the east and a jungle in the west stood a quaint old house with a few outbuildings. She was picturesque! Surrounded by beautiful old trees whose roots hug the soil and branches create a canopy of shade. We loved her – all who visited her loved her and the land too, however she was in need of some tender love and care (TLC).
And so, began the caring processes of renovation, deconstruction and construction of both buildings and land.
Finding the right architect who could partner with us on this journey was key. It was essential that the philosophy of what we wanted to pursue – that of development that takes the natural elements of the environment into consideration including maintaining as much of the characteristics of the lands natural textures, shapes and forms and ofcourse the beautiful old trees!
We were very lucky when we met Ahmed, a young architect from Lamu who had studied architecture in Germany and had a profound passion for all things Swahili and the coast who “got it”. He lives 3 to 4 days on site – sourcing creativity from the elements, shapes and forms.
Living this ethos, on a daily basis is an exciting challenge – there is a master plan, but each day there are reviews & edits, inspirational “wows” and pushing boundaries as form and shapes are constructed and occasionally deconstructed.
It is a daily work in progress, “dreaming on the job”
Our aim is to open Cardamom House, a unique coastal lodge, for the 2020 Christmas season with 9 rooms, all with a spectacular sea view, a pool built into the coral and more….
At Cardamom House…. When you awake your eyes open to the sea and thus begins a new day…..
We are open for bookings from 01 December 2020
To find out more, we welcome you to follow us on this journey where we will share regular footage of the happenings & progress on site, about the people, the place and all things that contribute to the TLC of reintroducing Cardamom House, a treasure on the beach!
….as we say in Swahili – Karibu!
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