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A House Built on Sand is the second of the two summer bonus missions included in HITMAN™.


  • Kong Tuo-Kwang
  • Matthieu Mendola
  • Acquire Hamilton-Lowe Company Documents


A House Built on Sand takes place in Marrakesh, Morocco some time before the events of A Gilded Cage. Construction mogul Kong Tuo-Kwang is meeting with an architect from rival Hamilton-Lowe, Matthieu Mendola. Mendola intends to leak confidential internal documents to Kong.

Hamilton-Lowe has again contracted the International Contract Agency, this time to eliminate both men and to retrieve the documents before they can be exposed.

Mission Briefing

The following contain spoilers. Click "show" to continue.

"Good afternoon 47. Your destination is Marrakesh, Morocco. Your targets: Kong Tuo-Kwang, head of a Chinese construction conglomerate and Matthieu Mendola, chief architect at Tuo-Kwang's biggest rival, Hamilton-Lowe.

Mendola plans to double-cross his employer and leak non-disclosable company documents to Tuo-Kwang, including the confidential offer for a multi-billion dollar real estate project. In response, Hamilton-Lowe has requested that we eliminate both men and send their competition a clear message.

Kong has rented a rooftop patio for the meeting, but the location is as of yet unclear. So, track them and eliminate them, and reclaim the documents. Good luck, 47."

Diana Burnwood


  1. Eliminate Kong Tuo-Kwang
  2. Eliminate Matthieu Mendola
  3. Acquire documents
  4. Locate Exit


  1. A Good Smoke
    • According to the tobacco shop's owner, his assistant is serving a very important guest. Kong is known for his fondness for a shisha pipe. So maybe it's time to put two and two together.
  2. Angry Men
    • It appears that the shopkeeper has been forced to lease out his shop for the night. This sounds very suspicious.
  3. Antiques Shop Key
    • A key to the Antiques Shop in the courtyard.
  4. Bad Snail
    • According to the guard, Mr. Mendola's escort has had a bout of food poisoning from some bad snails. This must mean that Mendola is lost. Maybe you can give him a hand and show him the way.
  5. Carpet Shop Key
    • A key to a shop.
  6. Do You Believe in Fate?
    • Apparently, Mendola is a man of superstition and plans his life around the words of so-called fortune tellers. Could be interesting to see what his future holds, if you get my drift.
  7. Gone Shopping
    • According to the guards, one of their main men has gone shopping at a carpet shop. Maybe a preoccupied guard could be the ticket to get closer to Mr. Kong.
  8. Maintenance Room Key
    • A technician's key for a maintenance room.
  9. Note From Kong's Bodyguard
    • One of Kong's bodyguards has taken off to the carpet shop across the marketplace and brought along the key to the shisha cafe's back door.
  10. Shisha Cafe Key
    • A key to the shisha cafe.
  11. Shop Key
  12. Something is Not Right
    • It appears that Kong's man has not turned up, and Mendola is all on his own. This could be used to your advantage.
    • A key to a shop.
  13. The Distraught Landlord
    • This landlord is apparently quite upset about a certain shop owner. This could be a chance to be invited to Kong's exclusive party at the shisha cafe. I'm sure you can blend in.
  14. The Meeting
    • It appears Mendola will be met by one of Kong's guards outside the shisha cafe. Follow him and keep your cool.
  15. The Superstitious Frenchman
    • We know that Mendola suffers from compulsive thoughts and is highly superstitious. Could it be the same man they are talking about?
  16. Truck Keys
    • Keys to a truck.
  17. VIP Invitation
    • An invitation to Kong's reception in the Courtyard Club of the shisha cafe.
  18. VIP Shopping
    • According to the carpet shop's owner, the shop is closed for a private shopping.
  19. Walkie-Talkie
    • A walkie-talkie belonging to Kong's bodyguard.


Gone Shopping

Track down the missing bodyguard and steal his key to the shisha café staff entrance.

According to the note, one of the guards has gone carpet shopping. He will most likely be alone, and the key he bears could be of good use.

Rent Due

Follow one of the Kong Tuo-Kwang's guests and steal his invitation to access the VIP-section of the shisha café.

According to the intel, Mr. Kong is hosting a private party behind those walls. Invite only, of course. Though I'm sure one of the guests could be persuaded to part with their ticket.

The Future Foretold

Take the place of the local fortune teller for a chance to isolate Matthieu Mendola.

Apparently, Mendola is looking for a fortune teller. Sounds promising. A man of superstition surrenders himself to fate. Well, you don't have to be clairvoyant to see his future.

Waiting for the Man

Acquire a bodyguard's uniform and escort Matthieu Mendola to the meeting place.

Mendola's escort is not likely to get well soon, but he does have a job to do. Maybe you could give him a helping hand?





Melee Weapons


  • Propane Flask


  • Coin
  • Emetic Rat Poison
  • Lethal Poison


Name Description Challenge Type
Silent Assassin
  • Complete "A House Built On Sand."
  • Only kill the targets.
  • No bodies found.
  • Do not get spotted.
  • If you are detected by cameras, erase or destroy the evidence.
No Evidence
  • Complete "A House Built On Sand" with no bodies found.
  • If you are detected by cameras, erase or destroy the evidence.
Sniper Assassin
  • Complete "A House Built On Sand."
  • Assassinate your targets with a sniper rifle.
  • Complete "A House Built On Sand."
  • Do not get spotted.
  • If you are detected by cameras, erase or destroy the evidence.
Dropping the F-bomb

Kill Matthieu Mendola with the shisha cafe sign.

Electric Boogie

Assassinate Kong Tuo-Kwang by electrocuting him in the reflection pool.

Pure Chemistry

Assassinate Kong Tuo-Kwang with an oil lamp explosion.

Phony Call

Assassinate Matthieu Mendola with a telephone.

License to Ill

Assassinate both Matthieu Mendola and Kong Tuo-Kwang by poisoning the rooftop pipe.

Suit Only
  • Assassinate the targets and complete the mission.
  • Do it all in your suit.
Silent Assassin, Suit ONly
  • Complete "A House Built On Sand."
  • Only kill the targets.
  • No bodies found.
  • Do not get spotted.
  • If you are detected by cameras, erase or destroy the evidence.
  • Do it all in your suit.
Crystal Balls

Assassinate Matthieu Mendola with the crystal ball.

Laughing Gas

Assassinate both Mattieu [sic] Mendola and Kong Tuo-Kwang with a gas lamp explosion.

Snailed It!

Assassinate Matthieu Mendola by poisoning the snail samples.

Escort Service

Assassinate Matthieu Mendola while disguised as a bodyguard.

Didn't See That Coming, Did You?

Disguise yourself as the fortune teller.

Party Crasher

Get the VIP Invitation

Suit Up

Disguise yourself as a bodyguard.

Rooftop Rendezvous

Get to the carpet shop's rooftop.

Sneaking Away

Escape through the door on the street.

Break Out

Escape through the door near the well.

Truck Off

Escape in the truck.

Waiting For the Man

Bring Matthieu Mendola to the meeting

Mission Mastery
  • Complete all opportunities in the mission.
  • Complete five assassination challenges in the mission.
Gone Shopping

Enter the Courtyard Club through the back door.

Rent Due

Enter the Courtyard Club as a VIP guest.

The Real Deal

Get the documents

The Future Foretold

Have someone read Matthieu Mendola's fortune.

Master Assassin

Complete the following Feat challenges: Piano Man, Someone Could Hurt Themselves, Hold My Hair, Straight Shot, and Tasteless, Traceless.

Piano Man

Assassinate a target with the fiber wire.

Hold My Hair

Assassinate a target by drowning them.

Someone Could Hurt Themselves

Assassinate a target in an accident.

Tasteless, Traceless

Assassinate a target with lethal poison.

Straight Shot

Assassinate a target with a headshot.


Find and equip all disguises in Marrakesh at night.

The Contractor

Assassinate Kong Tuo-Kwang.

The Architect

Assassinate Matthieu Mendola.




  • According to the HITMAN Reddit's FAQ, the summer bonus missions (The Icon, along with A House Built on Sand) are not part of the main story arc, though it may still be part of the canon.[1]


  1. HITMAN Reddit FAQ
Missions in HITMAN™
Season One
Training (Greenland) Freeform Training - The Final Test
France The Showstopper
Italy World of Tomorrow - The Icon - Landslide
Morocco A Gilded Cage - A House Built on Sand
Thailand Club 27
United States of America Freedom Fighters
Japan Situs Inversus

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