M i t s i k y
Ampefy . Madagascar . 2018
Mitsiky is part of an ambitious project of three private constructions, a triptych of modern villas leaning against a hill and overlooking the Itasy lake : Mitsiky, Akanin’ny and Papango, aka Ampefy’s Nests.
The villas enjoy in a natural environment which determines each architectural concept, but with the same term : homogeneous use of local materials (enhancement of mud bricks, clay plaster, local wood). We are on a wide sloping area which runs down to the shores of the lake and where the owners have already planted hundreds of trees. We have to imagine them in a few years, mango trees or mantalys, covering all the site. As bird nests, the villas nestle high up. They arise between topographic curves.
Mitsiky consists of two elements :
– a 25 linear meter facade which welcomes the day rooms and the bedrooms.
– a volume at the back of the house where the entrance, kitchen, pantry and laundry rooms evolve.
A terrace unfolds on the north facade. From there, the view is magnificent: two peninsulas are linked together by a sand beach, we can read the shape of a smile, the meaning of ‘Mitsiky’ in Malagasy tongue.