CONTEXTUAL DESIGN OF ECO-LODGES IN WARM HUMID AREAS

The Kenyan coast is characterized by a very rich biodiversity. However, it runs the risk of destroying the very environment assets
which her tourism is dependent. This is as a result of the many developments coming up in this region. Therefore, there is need for
information on sound architectural interventions on the contextual design of tourist facilities in such delicate eco-systems. This study
had its key objectives in establishing the architectural aspects of ecotourism and how these aspects can be employed in the contextual
design of eco-lodges. Case study method was used with observation and interviews being used for data collection. Three cases, The
Majlis Resort, Mwazaro Mangrove Beach Lodge and The Red Pepper House, were therefore studied, analyzed and presented using
photographs, analytical sketches, and descriptive notes. The study established that to design an eco-lodge in context, local materials,
local labour and alternative renewable energy must be considered in the design. The study also established that light weight
construction faired well over heavy weight in the design of eco-lodges. Finally, sound water use and waste management strategies
must also be incorporated in such designs.
 

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