The goal of the Odiri Residence was to create a modern and elegant design for a particularly low cost. The main way this was achieved was with studying and analyzing the differences of construction cost between Kenya and the traditional US/European method. The main difference being that in Kenya, manual labor is easily accessible and relatively cheap, while cost of materials (especially imported materials) is significantly more expensive. Therefore we opted for a labor-intensive design that allowed materials to remain as simple and natural as possible. The main structure of the house is composed of concrete block within a concrete frame for structural stability (although not common, Nairobi does fall in a region in which earthquakes can occur). The floors of the entire residence are made up by stained concrete. A metal roof structure (easily found in the region) is elevated by a wood structure to allow for ventilation of the house and reduce any radiating heat gain. Additionally, a fence built out of a timber frame filled in by locally sourced bamboo surrounds the property; this was done to achieve privacy, since even though the lot lies in a rather secluded area at the moment, it is quite a small lot and could soon be surrounded by several dwellings.
The design seeks to create a strong connection with nature even with the tight lot footprint. This is achieved by the use of courtyards and a nicely landscaped back yard. Large body height windows allow one to immerse oneself in the nature around the house, blurring the barrier between inside and outside.
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