– Nairobi county being the headquarters of Kenya houses most if not all of the modern skyscrapers in the country, here are some of them.
A city is perceived architecturally based on the type of architecture whether ancient/historic or modern, the height of buildings which form the skyline, relationships between buildings and the streets which dictate their activities and so on. As a result of this, cities are totally different in layout, type of architecture, skyline and building heights even though their activities may be similar.
Nairobi county being the headquarters of Kenya houses most if not all of the modern skyscrapers in the country. These buildings and the lights on the streets and buildings give it its amazing view during the night.
The era of building skyscrapers in Kenya started in late 1960 when the city had its first tower and ever since, this trend has continued so that in Nairobi today, you will find lots of high-rise buildings.
Britam Tower was built as a commercial tower and is owned by British-American Investments Company.
The skyscraper has a maximum height of 195 metres, above ground, with 32 usable floors. It is the second-tallest building in Africa by pinnacle height at 200 m (660 ft).
The building is the international headquarters of Britam. It features a unique prismatic shape that starts as an equal four-sided square footprint and ends with a two-sided roof with a 60 metres (197 ft) mast, containing three helical wind turbines.
Britam Tower has a total of 350,000 square feet (32,516 m2) of office space to let for commercial purposes.
The building has an attached 12 storey car park that can accommodate up to 1,000 vehicles which cater to its many tenants.
UAP Old Mutual Tower is a 33-storey office complex in the Upper Hill neighbourhood of Nairobi, Kenya owned by UAP Old Mutual Group, a financial services conglomerate headquartered in Kenya, with subsidiaries in six African countries.
The tower rises at 163 m (535 ft) financed through private equity at a total of US $40,000,000 as of (2015).
It has rentable space that measures 29,000 square metres (310,000 sq ft) and is expected to house the UAP Old Mutual Group headquarters.
The 29-storey Prism Tower by Kings Developers commands the Nairobi’s skyline at 133 metres with its design of prisms that appear stacked upon prisms.
“The concept of the jewel is the inspiration for the design and architecture behind the making of this iconic tower,” states Kings Developers. During the sunrise and sunset, when the sun emits golden rays, the vivid colours create the magical facets of a fine-cut jewel.
Le Mac, Westlands
If you are afraid of heights, you might want to rethink your visit to Le’Mac.
Located in Westlands Nairobi, the 24 storey building rises at 102 m with the new skywalk balcony with a transparent floor, wall, and railing.
The 12mm double glazed glass on this sky-walk juts out 2 Metres and can hold 16 – 20 people at the same time.
When you look straight down, you will be treated to the heart-dropping view of cars driving 102 metres below your feet and people walking on the street while you float over the city.
Inspired by Dubai style living, Le’Mac is a mixed development with office spaces from the 1st to the 6th floor and luxurious 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments from the 8th to 22nd floor.
The structure that is on 1.32 Acres of land took five years to complete.
Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC)
The Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC), formerly the Kenyatta International Conference Centre, is a 28-story building at 105.2 metres.
It is located in the City Square of Nairobi and is a crucial address for a number of Government offices, including those of elected Senators.
It is an internationally renowned venue for conferences, meetings, exhibitions and special events within walking distance of several five-star hotels.
Co-operative Bank House
Cooperative Bank House is a 25-story high-rise building in Nairobi, Kenya at 83 metres.
The bell-bottom trouser design inspired architecture make this building not just a masterpiece but a piece of a fashion statement. It’s one of a kind design in the continent and the whole world especially after it withstood the August 7, 1998 bomb blast.
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