Founded in 1999, with bases in East Africa, Italy and the Middle East, Claudio Modola Architectural Design is committed to delivering excellence in design. We believe that spaces of superior aesthetic resonate with their context and are perfectly responsive to their users needs. It is on these principals, in addition to our ability to listen to our clients and correctly interpret their desires and ambitions that our reputation has been built. Our bespoke design service offers each client a tailor made creative solution to their individual requirements and has resulted in an extremely diverse portfolio of work both at the residential and commercial level.
Specialised in high end villas, luxury residential compounds and boutique hotels our work has received significant international acclaim from the worldâ€™s premier architectural press.
Fungua Moyo / Shela, Lamu, Kenya Client: Suno Kay Osterweise, Asian Museum of Contemporary Art, San Francisco, USA
Architectural Design The firm works in both classical and contemporary architectural styles blending pure, clean lines with refined details to create properties of unique beauty and integrity. Each creative solution draws from the client’s requirements, the designer’s vision and specifics of the site to achieve an architecture, which reflects and builds on the essence of time and place within varying cultures, climates and topographies. Interior Design The firm provides a full range of interior design services, which are intrinsically linked with the architectural design of a project, ensuring that there is no dilution of the discreet and refined concept conceived when the first exploratory architectural lines of a project are drawn. A concept may begin from an inspiration, a memory, a certain design style or an emotion but it should always reflect the personality who lives in it, and this is something that each of our timeless, sophisticated and elegant interiors share in common. Renovations The firm undertakes major restructuring / renovation works in addition to new build property design based on the potential of the structure and existence of original building plans. We relish the challenge of intervening on a structure that has seen better days and moulding it into a property of value and aesthetic identity which meets the client’s current needs. Should the structure be of historical importance, preservation of original features, and use of authentic building materials and techniques are of paramount significance.
Property Development Many of the firm’s repeat clients are property developers; investing in estate as a means of increasing their wealth or securing current funds. As a result of the confidence and trust they have gained in working with us previously, many now approach us to propose financially lucrative concepts for pieces of land in their possession or that they wish to purchase. Project Management The firm offers full project management services upon request by the client, including time and budget control, contractor / sub contractor selection on the base of tender documentation, permanent on site supervision; substantiated with twice monthly written / photographic reports, sourcing of materials both locally and from our network of quality Italian suppliers, procurement and import of the same as required.
Kwa Shanzu Apartment Development / Shanzu, Mombasa, Kenya Client: Jumana Walia / Sunset Beach Investments Ltd, Property Developer, UK/Kenya
Fort Ferro / Shela, Lamu, Kenya - Client: Professor Tony Ferro, Economist, Italy
Kilamawingo / Shela, Lamu, Kenya - Client: Robert Peugeot & Domitilla dâ€™Ormesson, Peugeot Car Manufacturers, Paris, France
Being a competitive international design firm, Claudio Modola Architectural Design keeps its feeâ€™s in line with the standard architectural fee scales of the specific country it services are required in. Our architectural design fee is calculated as a percentage of the total construction cost of the project as is standard. However in a world of fluctuating prices, unlike many other firms our fee is not adjusted in line with the final realisation cost but is more simply and reliably based on an accurate estimate of a quality build at the time the design process is commenced.
Thereby giving our clients additional peace of mind should material prices increase as the construction process progresses.
Burj Al Juman / English Point, Nyali, Mombasa, Kenya - Client: Arvinder Walia, Venture Capitalist, London, UK
The Claudio Modola Architectural Design portfolio includes a diverse range of property types, both residential and commercial, including luxury residences, apartment complexes, boutique hotels / resorts and public works. (See project images herein, labelling of project location and client below) Fungua Moyo / Shela, Lamu, Kenya
Burj Al Juman / English Point, Nyali, Mombasa, Kenya
Kilamawingo / Shela, Lamu, Kenya
Kwa Shanzu Apartment Development / Shanzu, Mombasa, Kenya
El Yafir / Shela, Lamu, Kenya
Sharazade / Shela, Lamu, Kenya
Fort Ferro / Shela, Lamu, Kenya
A17 Vipingo Ridge / Kilifi, Kenya
Bayt Jullanar / Umm Suqeim B.R., Dubai
Mandhari / Golini, Shimba Hills, Kenya
Zenith Villa / Jumeriah, Dubai, UAE
Ghibili Boutique Hotel / Lamu, Kenya
Al Marri Villa / Nadd Al Shiba, Dubai, UAE
Sand Shade Boutique Hotel / Arch. Proposal for the UAE
Client: Suno Kay Osterweise, Board of Directors, Asian Museum of Contemporary Art, San Francisco, USA Client: Robert Peugeot & Domitilla dâ€™Ormesson, Peugeot Car Manufacturers, Paris, France Client: Mary Greenwell, Makeup Artist, London / Hollywood Client: Professor Tony Ferro, Economist, Italy Client: Salwa Dolmark, Owner / CEO, Gemaco Interiors, Dubai UAE
Client: Abdullah Al Sharafi, Businessman, Jumeriah, Dubai UAE Client: Helal&Charlotte Al Marri, Dir. General, Dubai World Trade Center
La Marelle / Manda Island, Lamu, Kenya Client: Marcella Anselmetti, Filmaker, Italy
Blue Empire Cottage / Manda Island, Kenya Client: Dr/s Stefano&Francesco Starvaggi, Medical Practitioners, Italy
Client: Arvinder Walia, Venture Capitalist, London
Client: Jumana Walia / Sunset Beach Investments Ltd, Property Developer, UK/Kenya Client: Ditrulo LLC, Property Developer, New York Client: Jamal Abass, Director, Interpel Ltd, Mombasa, Kenya Client: HSH Prince Constantin Ferdinand Maria of Liechtenstein, Vienna, Austria Client: Honourable Fahim Twaha, Lamu, Kenya
Ngerende Beach Village / Msambweni, Kwale, Kenya Client: Safari Line Africa Ltd, Nairobi, Kenya.
Ubar Low Cost Prefabricated Housing Development / Architectural Proposal for the Sultanate of Oman Lighthouse Villa / Kizingo, Mombasa, Kenya Client: Jamal & Yasmin Abass, Mombasa, Kenya
El Yafir / Shela, Lamu, Kenya Client: Mary Greenwell, Makeup Artist, London / Hollywood
La Marelle / Manda Island, Lamu, Kenya - Client: Marcella Anselmetti, Filmaker, Italy
Bayt Jullanar / Umm Suqeim Beach Road, Dubai, UAE - Client: Salwa Dolmark, Owner / CEO, Gemaco Interiors, Dubai UAE
The Claudio Modola Architectural Design team have been highly commended on their ability to personalise and tailor the structure of their services to the exact requirements of their clients. In general the design process is broken down into three stages; conceptual, schematic and detailed design and the client is invited to give feedback, request changes or alterations at regular stages throughout the first two of these stages. During the conceptual phase the designer, works on the preliminary layout proposal for the project in addition to producing sketches of the elevations in order that the client may understand both the internal distribution of the proposed property in addition to the aesthetic orientation of the same.
The schematic stage involves the production of site plans, floor plans, elevations, sections, sewage / drainage plans and windows / doors schedule. N.B. For Kenyan clients, it is important to state that the firm works in AutoCAD at the 2D level, meaning that every feature and detail is considered and designed by the designer personally to accentuate the unique identity of the project, rather than using pre programmed features applied by many of our competitors through the use of ArchiCAD.
Early in the schematic stage a 3D model of the project structures is also produced in order that the client may visualise with absolute clarity the exact appearance of their project. The firmsâ€™ detailed design stage follows a European standard and includes full detail drawings of every feature in the complete design, thereby leaving no ambiguous area for misinterpretation by the contractor. The detailed design stage includes the production of electrical points plans, fully dimensioned detail drawings of all internal and external structural features / decorations, carpentry elements eg wardrobing, balustrading, detailed staircase drawings, reflected ceiling plans, material listings and fully rendered latest generation Cinema4D photorealism imagery of the project entirety inclusive of landscaping. In terms of timing, the design process for an executive residence requires in the range of 3 months, whilst that of a larger scale compound or an apartment complex is approximately 5 months in view of the level of detailing and quality of the product provided. All other services such as interior design, restructuring and project management are carried out with the same level of professionalism and attention to detail.
Blue Empire Cottage / Manda Island, Kenya - Client: Dr. Stefano&Francesco Starvaggi, Medical Practitioners, Italy
Al Marri Villa / Nadd Al Shiba, Dubai, UAE - Client: Helal&Charlotte Al Marri, Dir. General, Dubai World Trade Center
The firms’ work has gained significant international recognition from the world’s premier architectural press over the last decade. Condè Nast / Architectural Digest August 2003 “Castle in the Sand” Condè Nast / The World of Interiors February 2007 “The Adventurer Returns”
Condè Nast / Architectural Digest November 2007 “Cultural Collaboration”
Condè Nast / House & Garden January 2008 “African Queen”
Luxury Culture June 2008 “Lamu Living with Claudio Modola”
Condè Nast / The World of Interiors October 2008 “Organic Chemistry”
Condè Nast Traveller July 2009 “Trading Places”
Condè Nast / Architectural Digest August 2010 “Swahili Time”
Condè Nast / House & Garden September 2010 “Paradise in Progress”
All of the articles and others are downloadable from the firm’s website www.claudiomodola.com
Ghibili Boutique Hotel / Kenya - Client: Honourable Fahim Twaha, Lamu, Kenya
“Upon returning to Lamu in 2003, I was struck by the power and beauty of the landmark known as ‘The Fort’, designed and built by Claudio Modola. It is an extraordinary structure, yet still has the ability to blend harmoniously with the dunes and rolling sea. Claudio has since designed my home, it is the jewel in the crown, a gem, the bijou of Shela. The locals love it and the tourists walk by in wonder, necks craned up, pondering who lives there, witnessed by me on the first floor! Claudio made the entire experience of building in Africa seem easy and it would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of his team, I have my ‘El Yafir’, thank you.” Mary Greenwell, Make Up Artist, London / Hollywood - Project: El Yafir “La maison est delicieuse a vivre, la lumiere y entre de partout. L’espace y est agreable et convivial. Chacun de nous y trouve son coin de predilection: sur le toit, sous le toit, dans le jardin ou au bord de la piscine. Un lieu cree avec intelligence et amour, merci Claudio!”
Domitilla d’Ormesson and Robert Peugeot, Peugeot, Car Manufacturers, Paris, France - Project: Kilamawingo “Claudio has a unique knowledge of the architecture of the Middle East and Africa, having based himself on the island of Lamu where he has successfully completed a number of visionary projects, drawing on his particular interests. Claudio thrives on challenge. No task is too great. There will always be an ingenious solution. We look forward to witnessing more of his projects rise from the sands of this region.“ Tim Beddow Freelance Photographer for Architectural Digest, World of Interiors, etc
Sharazade / Shela, Lamu, Kenya - Client: Ditrulo LLC, Property Developer, New York
“Claudio Modola is an Architectural Designer par excellence... He saw my plot for 10 minutes in Dubai and instantly visualized a concept design. From a few thousand kilometres away, he drew his fantastic vision. Claudio had a free hand to design my dream house, with a wish list of a lounge/study, dining, kitchen, family/TV room, four good sized bedrooms with bathrooms en suite, guest toilet, Arabian court yard, swimming pool, service staff quarters, plus a huge garage, all on a 600 sqm beach front plot. Amazingly, Claudio managed it all, beyond my expectations. He is passionate about his designs of extraordinary details; he followed the construction process from the beginning to the end, and even named the house Jullanar.”
Salwa Dolmark Managing Director, Gemaco Interiors, Dubai, UAE - Project: Bayt Jullanar “Kwa Shanzu is a different project for Claudio in that it is apartments rather than a fort or mansion, yet he has excelled, the apartments are large, spacious, airy and the choice of materials refreshing, despite the blazing heat of Shanzu. Claudio took great pain to customise every detail for the plot and has designed 15 apartments of varying internal layout types with all amenities and green technologies. The development has a wow factor and has come about through the careful consideration of what I, as a client wanted to achieve and what he, as a designer wanted to create. Kwa Shanzu is just amazing and for those lucky to live in the apartments the experience will be different, unique, exhilarating and peaceful.” Jumana Jiwaji Walia Sunset Beach Developments, Property Developer, London / Kenya Project: Kwa Shanzu Apartments
Mandhari / Golini, Shimba Hills, Kenya - Client: HSH Prince Constantin Ferdinand Maria of Liechtenstein, Vienna, Austria
Lighthouse Villa / Kizingo, Mombasa, Kenya
- Client: Jamal & Yasmin Abass, Mombasa, Kenya
Zenith Villa / Jumeriah, Dubai, UAE - Client: Abdullah Al Sharafi, Businessman, Jumeriah, Dubai UAE
Ubar Low Cost Prefabricated Housing Development / Architectural Proposal for the Sultanate of Oman
A17 Vipingo Ridge / Kilifi, Kenya - Client: Jamal Abass, Director, Interpel Ltd, Mombasa, Kenya
Kenya Claudio Modola Architectural Design Kenya Ltd, P.O. Box 95478 - 80106, Mkomani, Mombasa, Kenya Tel: (+ 254) 0708 995.708 / 0703 614.141 / 0703 114.314 / 0712 854.255 / 0729 379.417 Italy Tenuta Castelnuovo Tancredi, Castelnuovo Tancredi 93, Buonconvento, Siena 53022 Tel: (+ 39) 339 454.3826 / 339 357.3420 UK 47 St Lukeâ€™s Road, London, W11 1DD, United Kingdom Tel: (+ 44) 787 226.5285 USA Tel: (+ 1) 940 604.9600 UAE Please contact Italian/Kenyan Office for UAE representative details