In the heart of London's Notting Hill district, Africa is summoned and heralded in a home that is an urban oasis replete with memories of travels across the continent.
Nestled between a pristine beach and an unspoiled forest, the makuti thatched roof of The Red Pepper House rises and falls with the breeze, resting peacefully in its remote location on Kenya’s Lamu Island.
Off the northern coast of Kenya, on the island of Lamu, a house captures the spirit of its owner and is site. Building on Lamu is never easy. This centuries old island, with an old town that is a UNESCO protected Cultural Heritage Site, is accessible only by boat or air, and cars are not allowed. Despite the challenges, owner Suno Kay Osterweis, an aficionado of the local swahili culture, and architect Claudio Modola, worked together to create a home that celebrates local aesthetics and building forms.