African Design Magazine August 2016 - Page 14

urko sanchez

Urko Sanchez Architects is an award- winning Kenya and Spain-based boutique architectural firm renowned for excellence in design . Born and raised in Madrid , Spain , Urko Sanchez began his architectural studies in 1988 . It took him 10 years to complete his coursework due to his passion for travel . “ From the time I was very young , I have always loved travelling ,” says Urko . “ I ’ ve been to more than 40 countries .” From Canada to Argentina , from India to Africa , Urko has seen a great deal of the world .

Consequently , travel has informed much of his life and his work – all of

the colours , art , people and cultures he has been exposed to , adding to a sense of what Urko envisioned to build for himself and others .
Their projects range in size , complexity and function . In all cases , however , the focus is on the client and the context , with a tailor- crafted approach to each unique project . Commercial projects include hotels , office buildings , industrial spaces , and residential developments , amongst others . In addition , Urko Sanchez Architects is passionate about social improvement , contributing as often as possible to projects that target disadvantaged communities with needful and innovative interventions .
Urko Sanchez Architects are based in Kenya and Spain , however , they have undertaken projects throughout Eastern Africa ( Djibouti , Somalia ) and further afield ( Angola , Bosnia , Germany , Spain ). In addition to urban and rural environments , they have also completed projects in extreme climates .
They focus on working closely with clients to create tailor- made projects , and faithfully interpret their vision . Above all else , the firm values client trust , and unparalleled quality in the expression and execution of its ideas . The firm is deeply committed to environmental stewardship , and for each project , the team considers the cultural roots of the structure , and how the building will be best integrated into its environment ; the view , the indigenous materials , and the flow of the surroundings . Hallmarks of Urko Sanchez projects include contemporary twists on traditional architecture ; a green aesthetic that harnesses wind and solar power and recycled water ; and leveraging natural architecture to showcase natural light , and frame private gardens and open courtyards .

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