Inspired: the House that its Environment Built



A few years ago, I stumbled upon this beautiful coastal house on the website of stylist and photographer, Pia Jane Bijkerk. It is home to Kenya-based, Italian designer, Marzia Chierichetti of Be Clever Ltd.

What I love most about the house is how it uses local materials and works with its environment rather than stand out like many an eyesore seen on our continent. A lot of hotels that I've visited on the Kenyan coast do attempt to incorporate local materials and local style sensibilities (e.g. Swahili architecture) into their interiors and exteriors. Some very successfully, some less so. It would be great to see more homes do this (and inland too, not just on the coast). Let's explore, take advantage of and enhance the unique beauty that exists around us!

Images via Pia jane Bijkerk. See her post to learn more about the house and see it in all its splendor.