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149 Urko Sanchez / Spain THE RED PEPPER HOUSE, LAMU, KENYA, 2009 The hotel in Lamu has a special relationship with the local building custom through its interpretation of the traditional makuti roof. Makuti is bunches of leaves from coconut palms woven together and is typically seen along the Kenyan coast. The leaves are used when they have withered and fallen from the palms, and no real harvesting is necessary. In this way the locals do not deplete the palm stocks and do not damage the natural ecosystem of the palms. The layout plan has been conceived on the basis of a wish to preserve all the trees in the dense forest. Narrow and broad spaces therefore alternate as a result of the natural clearings. The spaces arise as a result of the covering, and there are walls in just a few places. The construction is done manually by local artisans with local materials such as wood and corals.


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