The living area in Nyumbani, featuring a dramatic stone fireplace

Nyumbani: A modern oasis coming soon to Four Seasons Private Residences Orlando

July 31, 2019

The newest custom home at Four Seasons Private Residences Orlando is nearly complete. Planned for completion in Fall 2019, the home is an expression of modern luxury and skilled craftsmanship at Golden Oak at Walt Disney World® Resort.

“We wanted to create a true sense of place with Nyumbani,” explained Phil Kean, founder and principle architect of Phil Kean Design Group. “We knew the home needed to exemplify the distinguished standards of Four Seasons Private Residences Orlando, so we considered every detail.”

Layers of horizontal rooftops intersect beautifully with bands of windows and vertical towers to create a sculptural play with elements of architecture in this mid-century-inspired retreat.

The name Nyumbani, meaning “home” in Swahili, is inspired by Festival of the Lion King at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. Inspired by the famous homes of Frank Lloyd Wright, Paul Rudolph and Richard Neutra, the Nyumbani is architecturally shaped to harmonize with its natural surroundings, while the courtyard, pool and nature preserve provide a stunning backdrop.

“I like to use the same materials inside and out—the same stones, the same flooring materials, the same organic elements,” Kean said. “With modernism, Kean added, there’s a blurring between the indoors and the outdoors. And in this home, from the central spaces to the lanai, there’s an extension of the outside, which is especially nice in Florida.”

In the center of the home is an artfully designed, 4-sided glass and stone fireplace. Through a careful application of another hallmark design concept from Frank Lloyd Wright, the home’s main spaces pinwheel out from the fireplace allowing it to be seen from the entry as well as in the living room, family room and kitchen. A sculptural staircase wrapped in stone and glass in the 2-story entrance is another unique focal point.

“It’s a home where art and architecture are celebrated. With intentional consideration for prevalent lighting and clean, open spaces, the house becomes a gallery for your collection,” Kean said. He added, “It’s the little details that make it beautiful. You employ impeccable finishes, because the eye is drawn to anything that’s not designed to perfection.”

Building on the theme of perfection, the team meticulously designed the kitchen to allow for generations to gather comfortably. They intentionally opened the serving spaces to the outdoors and incorporated a Gaggenau appliance package for a high-end aesthetic.

The outdoor living area features a summer kitchen, living area and fireplace. At the cantilevered dining table, water glides between 2 pieces of glass before cascading into the pool. “I think of Nyumbani as a family house,” Kean said. “We wanted it to be a place to build memories and share stories and enjoy the Floridian lifestyle.”

The first floor also features the large master suite, study and spa, which is detached as a separate structure connected by rooflines. A splendid VIP guest suite with its own kitchen is connected by an enclosed breezeway. On the second floor, a theater and three spacious bedrooms plus a terrace overlooking the preserve provide an inviting escape.

“As an architect and builder, you only have so many houses you get to create in your lifetime,” Kean continued. “I grew up in Central Florida and spent a summer working at Disney, so getting to do this now is a special opportunity. I never imagined the magic I experienced more than 40 years would be something I could bring to family homes today.”  

To explore details about Nyumbani, visit our home availability page.