Cottrell & Vermeulen Architecture is an award winning RIBA Chartered Practice with more than two decades of design experience.

Takaungu Creek


Takaungu Creek, East Coast Kenya





Located on Takaungu Creek above the mangrove tree tops, this residential development is arranged around a protected courtyard to create an informal domestic setting for a main two-storey house and two single-storey cottages. Employing local materials and traditional building techniques, the un-faced coral block both internally and externally results in a building faithful to the simplicity of the local village houses. The building is ‘off grid’, using renewable energy and collected rainwater and is orientated to maximise sea breezes. A ‘natural’ landscape is being established using indigenous species trees and shrubs to reduce maintenance requirements and to provide a protected  wildlife corridor for suni antelope, sunbirds, elephant shrew and Sykes’ monkeys. The courtyard provides a more manicured landscape and shade protection.

Photography by Drone Shoot by Norbert Rottcher and Still Photos by Anthony Coleman