The 9 Top Skyscrapers in Kenya
Skyscrapers are found everywhere around the world with the tallest, the Burj Khalifa located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates standing at a height of 829.8 meters (2,722 feet). According to Wikipedia, Modern sources currently define skyscrapers as being at least 100 metres or 150 metres in height, though there is no universally accepted definition. A skyscraper offers both office, rentable accommodation space and hotel services. Kenya has a variety of tall buildings.
1. The Britam Tower
Ranked 1,682 tallest in the world by skyscrapercenter.com It is a modern commercial office building designed to international standards. It is the international headquarters of British American Investments Company (Britam) and is owned by Britam Holdings. It has a total height of 200 meters and is located along Hospital road in the Upperhill neighborhood of Nairobi, for more about Britam Towers, check this article
2. GTC Towers
These towers are located in Chiromo, Westlands, Nairobi and they comprise of 6 towers. The towers will have both residential, hotel and office letting. It is set to be completed in 2022. The office building will be 184 meters facing Waiyaki way, making it the tallest building in Westlands.
4 towers will house 1,2 and 3 bedroom apartments. The blocks will rise to a height of 28 to 30 floors and will have a mall that will be the heart of the complex. The hotel tower will rise to a height of 143 meters and will be a 5 star JW Marriot Hotel.
3. UAP Old Mutual
It is a 33 storey commercial and retail space complex in the upperhill neighborhood of Nairobi. Its construction was completed in 2015 and was the tallest building in Kenya and third tallest in Africa until it was dethroned by Britam Tower in 2017. It is owned by UAP Old Mutual Group and it is also its headquarters. It has a height of 163 meters. The UAP Group deals with finances and insuarance services.
4. Times Tower
It is also reffered to as the New Central Bank Tower. It has a height of 140 meters(459 feet) and is currently the fourth tallest building in kenya. Its contruction began in 1992 and was completed in 2000. It is designed to resist earthquakes. Its only tenant is the Kenya Revenue Authority who use it for tax remissions and administration. It also serves as a location for tax payer education. Its security is very tight and it is guarded by police personel at all times. It has different entry and exit points to ensure easy handling of visitors.
It held the tittle for the tallest building in Kenya for 15 years until it was dethroned by the UAP Old Mutual Tower in 2015.
5. Kings Prism Tower
It is a 34 story building reaching a height of up to 133 meters. Its opening was witnessed by president Uhuru Kenyatta back in 2018. It has 28 floors for offices, one floor for reception, recreation and a restaurant with and indoor and outdoor sitting and 5 floors for packing. It is located along ngong avenue in Upperhill Nairobi which is a well located business district.
It has an intriguing design, its architecture was inspired by the concept of a jewel. It has rain water harvesting systems and natural lighting systems.
6. Le' Mac Building
It is a 27 storey commercial and residential building in Westlands, Nairobi off Waiyaki way. Its construction started in 2013 and was completed in 2017. It has a height of 126 meters (413 feet). It is owned by Mark Properties and is currently the tallest residential building in Kenya. It offers high end offices from 1st to 6th floor, 2 and 3 bedrooms from 8th to 22nd floor. It has a transparent glass floor sky walk on the 24th floor which offers a stunning view of cars moving more than 100 meters below your feet meant to deal with the fear of heights.
7. Teleposta Towers
It is situated down Kenyatta Avenue in the heart of Nairobi. Its construction started in 1996 and was completed in 1999. It has 127 floors and is 120 meters high (394 feet). It offers office space and hosts various government institutions such as the Nairobi Huduma centre. Its features include underground parking of up to 3 basements, CCTV Surveillance, fire fighting equipment just to name a few.
8. Kenya Commercial Bank Plaza
It is located in Upperhill, Nairobi. Its construction began in 2010 and was completed in 2015. It is 109 meters high with 21 storeys that serve as the regional headquarters of the Kenya Commercial Bank. It is designed to use natural light during the day and is fitted with solar panels to reduce consumption of power. The KCB Group is its main tenant.
9. Kenyatta International Convention Centre
It is a 28 story building located in the capital Nairobi, Kenya. It has a height of 105.2 metres (345feet) and is internationallt known to host conferences, meetings, exhibitions and special events. It is within walking distance of several five star hotels. Its construction was completed in 1973. This is also when the opening ceremony was held and it was presided by Mzee Jomo Kenyatta. It has a helipad which is accesible to the general public. Tickets are payable at the main entrance. Charges: Citizens Ksh 150, Residents Ksh 200, foreigners Ksh 400. The rooftop is accesible everyday from 9:00am till 8.00pm on weekdays, and till 6.00pm on weekends.