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Safari Lodge

This residence comprises the first phase of a Safari Lodge for owners of a growing Safari business in Arusha, Tanzania.

A prominent launching point for tours to Mt. Kilimanjaro, the Serengheti, and the Great Rift Valley, Arusha supports bustling international commerce, but requires new infrastructure to keep up with its blossoming population. The house therefore presents a unique challenge to design ‘off the grid,’ out of sheer necessity.

Located on a steeply terraced portion of the site formerly used for agriculture, the house is orientated east-west along existing terraces, allowing it to assume an offset stacking scheme that opens maximum views and access to outdoor patios while preserving existing topography.

Arusha’s elevation of 1,400 metres (4,600 ft) creates a temperate local climate, despite its proximity to the equator, but two rainy seasons and strong sun exposure that modulates from north to south throughout the year posing unique challenges which are managed through an articulated set of walls and roof overhangs.

Location: Arusha, Tanzania

Status: Design Development