Pip Horne Studio


Mensana or 'healthy mind and healthy body' is a development of eight thatched lodges perched on a east facing ridge with views overlooking beach and reef to the Indian Ocean.

All lodges are constructed using local materials as self-sustaining units with their own rainwater catchment, composting toilets, grey water filtration, and photovoltaic panels for electricity.

Walls are constructed from local coral 'rag' limestone and the thatched 'makuti' roofs. The east-west orientation of the roofs maximise exposure to the the prevailing onshore/offshore winds and maintain ventilation and ensure passive cooling. Water is sourced from a nearby underground cistern.

A central hospitality area offers dining and lounge facilities bar and small library. The use of renewable natural materials and local furnishings, hand-made from natural elements, offer a relaxed intimacy in natural harmony with the surroundings.

Kiwengwa, Zanzibar
Tanzania, 2007

Redchurch Street