Kenya’s tallest buildings

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The majority of Kenya’s tallest buildings are located in Nairobi, the capital and largest city in the country. In Nairobi there are 18 buildings that are more than 80 metres tall and several under construction.

1. Pinnacle Tower

The construction of the Pinnacle Tower began in 2017 amidst much fanfare and high expectations. The project was expected to become a representation of Kenya’s rapid urban development, as it was to be the tallest building in the country, and once completed, even at the continental level. The Pinnacle Tower, also referred as Pinnacle Towers is situated in the best Upper Hill area on a 2.5-acre piece of land.

The ambitious development comprises two adjacent towers: a 46-story commercial office space, retail outlets, and luxury apartments. The mystery of when exactly the Pinnacle Tower would be completed led to the faith in it becoming the tallest building on the continent to evanesce.

Reported variations of height further contributed to the uncertainty, ranging from 274 meters to 320 meters. For clarity, The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat an internationally-recognized authority mentions that Africa’s tallest building currently is The Carlton Center in Johannesburg, South Africa, measuring to a height of 222.5 m. The project’s budget was estimated at USD 200 million, the developers contributing USD 50 million, the rest secured as loans from Afreximbank and Kenyan banks.


2.Britam Tower

Britam Tower is a new commercial venture in Nairobi, Kenya. Its most appealing design resulted in the response to shape a modern and yet a sophisticated building in the city’s skyline.

Total construction was ksh 7 billion. Designed as the iconic flagship investment building of British American Insurance Company, the project comprises a 31-storey tower, a 6-storey entrance atrium and a 10-storey parkade with three levels of basement parking which will add about 31,500 m² of lettable commercial space for the region. With 200m in height, the prism shaped tower is the second tallest building completed in Africa.

The tower consists of several retail units at ground level and office space on ground level as well as 30 floors. The main entrance is a glazed atrium which connects the tower to the parkade structure. The tower is topped by a masterful sculptural mast-like element which completes the buildings geometric form. The 67m helical spire was originally conceived as a wind turbine and provides a glorious feature at the apex of the building which leaves a commendable imprint on Nairobi’s skyline. construction started in 2013 and ended in September 2017, has a prismic shape, and the widest point looks like a black pyramid with the top corner missing and from other views it is a slenderer black prism.

It is got by having a base with four corners and a roof with two. Corners are crossed diagonally the tower up to the top levels upon being tapered.

With a height of 200.1 metres and 32 floors – usable ones – Britam Tower is the tallest building in Kenya and the third tallest skyscraper in Africa.


3. The Global Trade Centre

The Global Trade Centre was launched in Westlands, Nairobi, on Dec 23, 2021, provided some gleam to the busy skyscrapers of the Kenyan capital.

GTC that is represented by GTC Tower which is 184m high opened its doors to the public at an event attended by retired President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The Sh52 billion mixed-use real estate project that kicked-off construction in July 2015 is Chinese firm Avic’s owned. The firm is setting Africa hub at the building.

GTC Nairobi, located along the Waiyaki Way, Westlands Road and Chiromo Lane, comprises six other imposing towers: 35 floors of a hotel tower with a JW Marriott hotel and four 24 to 28 -storey residential buildings. GTC also features a 4-storey mall on the upper floors and a 3-storey retail within the GTC Office Tower. The GTC Tower is nestled at the southernmost corner all the other establishments with its front facing Waiyaki Way and the Nairobi Expressway.

4. UAP Tower

Situated in Upperhill, Nairobi, UAP Tower measures 35 floors high from ground level and has solid dichromatic facades that encase a translucent pyramid peeking on top topped with a twisted mast that soars into the skies.

The design and the supervision of the construction was done by BPM Architects International in concert with TRIAD for Old Mutual UAP Insurance LTD. Completed in 2015 the tower shop office space are lease to corporates.

It gives 29 000 m² of office space and 824 car parking spaces. It is a well known landmark in Nairobi mainly because of its high overlooks and strong masonry.
Construction of the tower was funded through private equity amounting to approximately USD 40 million in sum. The building was opened for business on 5th July 2016 and was 50 per cent filled on opening day.

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