Baytil Ajaib
Lamu, Kenya

Restoration of an 18th century traditional Swahili stone house. Once home to a wealthy merchant, this palatial residence has now been converted into a small hotel with materials such as sand, lime, Mwangati wood, marble and alabaster dust, and cement. Coral stones and blocks, available on-site, were used to help keep the edifice cool. In addition to the restoration work, a second floor was added to the building, exploiting the same structure, layout and techniques as in the original construction.

Source: Aga Khan Trust for Culture

See also:

Official Website of Baytil Ajaib. [Accessed January 16, 2006]

Lamu, Kenya
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18th c., restored 1995
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Ajaib House
Baytil Ajaib Hotel
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