The Genesis of Ironwood Africa happened at the start of the millenium on the shores of lake Tanganyika - the longest lake in the world.
Ben Jackson and his team conceived, designed and built the now iconic thatched mess building on the beach at Greystoke camp in the Mahale Mountains. Having run the lodge for a year, nicknamed Kiko by the staff, Ben returned to build the temporary structure which was only supposed to last a season but which still stands to this day. Pictured below with the boat named after him, now retired from service and lodged in the sand as a sun deck. Ben went on to build all of the rooms as Greystoke transformed from a basic tented camp to the magnificent lodge that it is today. His head foreman Rema from Arusha is now the site director for carpentry for all Ironwood building projects.
Over the next decade, Ironwood Africa evolved into what is now a company of over 200 permanent employees building unique, spectacular homes and lodges across East Africa. Based in the foothills of Mount Kenya, the workshop hand crafts most of their own building materials. From hand sculpted stone for the walls and kiln-cured sustainable timber for the rooves, to hand-welded steel casement for doors and windows.
The buildings are all works of art but it is in the finishing that the attention to detail really sets the architecture apart from anything else.
It was during the building of the Uligani private homestead in 2007 on Turaco farm that the workshop and office evolved into the thiriving hub that it is today.