The growth of cities around the world has increased at a very vertical pace in recent years. Congrats to the marvel of modern architecture that is continually evolving over time, buildings continue to rise bigger, higher and higher.
In developing countries, tall buildings are appealing because they provide an exciting way to “announce themselves” in the global business world.
The age of building skyscrapers in Kenya began in the late 1960s, when the city had its first tower, and since then this trend has continued so that many high-rise buildings can be found in Nairobi today.
Here is a list of the highest buildings in Kenya:
In 2018, His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta laid the foundation stone for Africa’s tallest structure, once completed, The Pinnacle in the Upper Hill region of Nairobi.
Its construction is underway and the building will bear witness to the growth of Nairobi as a regional economic and business hub. The Pinnacle, once completed, is expected to rise 300 meters (1,000 feet) into the Nairobi skyline. The building has 150 apartments and has a helipad.
It will also house 42 floors of high-end apartments, 20 Grade-A offices and 5 floors of retail space, among other luxurious amenities.
The Pinnacle is being designed by Hass Petroleum and White Lotus, the latter Dubai-based investors, and will cost a colossal US$ 194m to complete it.
The British Tower
Britam Tower, a 200-metre office complex in Upper Hill, Hospital Road, Nairobi, was officially opened to the public in July 2018, taking over the UAP Old Mutual Tower as the tallest building in Kenya.
The 31-storey tower, whose construction began in early 2013 and ended in September 2017, has a rather special prism style. At its widest point, the building appears like a black pyramid with the top corner missing, and from other points of view it becomes a slenderer black prism.
GTC Tower Office of Nairobi
A new entrant in the list of Kenya’s tallest buildings has been added to the Nairobi GTC Office Tower, the tallest of the six towers of the Sh40 billion Global Trade Centre. The 184-metre, 43-storey office block is planned to be the Africa headquarters of the Chinese company Avic, which aims to set up its mainland hub on a 7.5-acre piece of land in Waiyaki Way/Chiromo Lane Westlands, Nairobi.
The tower, which has been under construction since July 2015, is expected to be completed by December.
UAP Old Mutual Tower
Nestled in Upper Hill, the 163-metre UAP Old Mutual Tower became Kenya’s tallest building after more than five years of construction in July 2016.
The 33-storey building, which later lost the title of Britam Tower, offers some 300,000 square feet of Grade A office space in Nairobi’s fastest rising commercial district Standing at 163m (535 ft), the UAP Old Mutual Tower is the highest point in Nairobi ahead of the Rahimtulla Tower, which had previously held the title.
Nairobi Global Trade Centre Hotel Tower
The Nairobi GTC Hotel Tower, the second tallest of the six towers of the Sh40 billion Global Trade Center, has added a new member to the list of Kenya’s tallest skyscrapers.
The 143-metre (469 ft), 35-storey building is set to host the star-studded US chain JW Marriott Hotel, which is owned by Marriott International. The Nairobi GTC Hotel Tower, whose construction began in July 2015, is expected to be completed by December. Its located in Waiyaki way/chiromo lane.
Located on Haile Selassie Avenue in Nairobi, Times Tower – also known as the New Central Bank Tower – is a 140-metre (460 ft) skyscraper used exclusively by the Kenya Revenue Authority for tax purposes.
The 38-storey building, completed in 2000, is designed to withstand powerful earthquakes and is mounted on a concrete raft with a thickness of between 0.9 and 3.0 meters.
Times Tower has, among other amenities, a 7-storey banking complex and an 11-storey car park.
The Kings Prism Tower is an iconic 133-metre (436 ft)-high skyscraper in Upper Hill, Nairobi. The 34-storey house, which is beautifully built to appear as prisms stacked on prisms, was completed in 2018.
When a ray of light passes through the prismatic facades of the house, a rainbow of vibrant colors appears – giving life to the owner’s vision of illuminating the artistic productivity of the people living in Nairobi. Kings Prism Tower is owned by Kings Developers, a wholly-owned Kenyan property development company created as part of the Royal Company Group.
Le’mac Towers is a 3.5 billion Dubai-style mixed-use building in the Westlands area of Nairobi, off Waiyaki Way – targeted at affluent buyers and tenants searching for accommodation in exclusive suburbs.
The 24-storey building, officially opened in 2019, provides offices from the 1st to the 6th floor and high-end one, two and three-bedroom apartments from the 8th to the 22nd floor. With a height of 126 metres, Le’mac Towers is currently the tallest residential building in Kenya.
One of the striking features of the Lemac Towers is a clear glass floor skywalk situated on the 24th floor of the building, providing a breathtaking view of cars traveling more than 100 meters below your feet.
Construction of the new Parliament Tower in Nairobi is almost coming to an end, following the closure of the SH5.8 billion office block that ranks among the tallest buildings in Kenya. Built by the Parliamentary Service Commission, the 26-story office block, which rises 125 meters into the sky, sits on a one-acre plot between the Continental House and the County Hall, next to the Parliament Buildings.
The Parliament Tower, whose construction began in March 2014, is planned to house an enlarged 418-member legislature. The project is being undertaken by the Jiangxi Construction Company of China.
Telposta Towers, a 120-metre (394 ft) office block on Kenyatta Road, is the ninth tallest building in Kenya. When it was completed in 1999, it became the highest tower in the country – taking the title from the KICC.
The 27-storey structure, designed by Laxmanbhai Construction, houses Telkom Kenya and several government ministries and departments, including the Ministry of Information and Communications.
KCB Plaza, Nairobi
KCB Plaza, situated in the Upper Hill district of Nairobi, is a 109-metre, 21-storey skyscraper that serves as the regional headquarters of the Kenya Commercial Bank.
Completed in 2014, the Sh2.1 billion office block adopts green architecture in line with the global trend where developers use new building methods to minimize maintenance costs.
Kenyatta International Convention Centre
Previously known as the Kenyatta International Conference Centre, the Kenyatta International Convention Center (KICC) is a 105-metre, 28-storey building situated on Nairobi City Square.
The skyscraper, completed in 1974, surpassed the NSSF Building as the tallest building in Kenya. It held this position for 25 years, until the Telposta Tower was overtaken.
KICC was designed by the Kenyan architect David Mutiso in partnership with the Norwegian artist Karl Henrik Nøstvik
Upper Hill Chambers.
Upper Hill Chambers is a 104-metre, 26-storey tower situated on 2nd Ngong Avenue in Upper Hill, about 2 km from the central business district of Nairobi.
Owned by Upper Hill Chambers Ltd., the newly constructed tower has 26 floors, consisting of three basement parking spaces; the ground floor; the mezzanine floor; five upper parking spaces; and the 15 Grade A office floors.
Social Security House
Located on Bishops Road in the Community, Nairobi, the Social Security House, also known as the NSSF Building, is a 103-metre, 28-story tower that serves as the headquarters of the National Social Security Fund.
The Social Security House was completed in 1973 – becoming Kenya’s tallest building ahead of the Nairobi Hilton hotel, built in 1969. The latter had been replaced by the IPS Building, which was built in 1967.
I & M Bank Tower
The 18-storey building, 99 meters (365 ft) high, is situated on Kenyatta Avenue, in Nairobi’s central business district, adjacent to the Kenyan headquarters of CFC Stanbic Bank.
Completed in 2001, the tower is the main headquarters of I&M Bank Limited (I&M Bank), the lynchpin of the I&M Bank Group.
In the past, the building has served as the headquarters of the Standard Company, which includes the Standard Newspaper and the Kenya Television Network.
Pan Africa Insurance Plaza
Pan Africa Insurance is currently constructing a 20-storey office complex in Westlands, Nairobi, as it aims to supplement its core business revenue.
The office tower, which is one of the tallest buildings along Waiyaki Way, will see Pan Africa relocating from its Kenyatta Avenue headquarters and receiving rental income from corporate tenants.
It is situated at the intersection of Uhuru Highway and Kenyatta Road, housing a variety of government agencies, including immigration (the State Department for Immigration, Border Control, and Regulation of Persons).
Building construction began in 1979, one year after Daniel Arap Moi took over as President of Kenya and was completed in 1983. It is 84 meters high and has 27 floors.
Cooperative Bank House
Cooperative Bank House is a 25-story high-rise building located 83 meters from Nairobi, Kenya.
The simplicity of the belly bottom trouser influenced by architecture makes this building not only a masterpiece, but a piece of fashion statement. It’s one-of-a-kind designs on the continent and the whole world, particularly after the bomb blast of August 7, 1998.
The Nation Center building is a 17-story high-rise building located on Kimathi Street in Nairobi; 83 meters high.
The magnificent twin towers, which are home to one of the country’s leading media houses, NTV has become the perfect venue for Nairobians to meet other people in the central business district.
National Bank House
The skyscraper belongs to the National Bank of Kenya and is one of the oldest buildings to be located in Nairobi.
It is situated on Harambee Avenue, 21 storeys and 82 meters long.
The Rahimtulla Tower, also known as the Rahimtulla Trust Building, is an 18-storey tower situated in the Upper Hill neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya, 80 meters high.
The tower is made of reinforced concrete and is clad in blue-tinted glass and white louver tiles.
The tower has twenty-two levels, including a double floor-to-ceiling lobby, plus two basement floors. The building is topped by a 30-metre-high antenna for television and radio communication. The main tenants are iWay Africa, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Dhanush InfoTech.
The Anniversary Towers property is located adjacent to the AMBANK House and lies along the University Way and Monrovia Road, overlooking the Maendeleo House in the Nairobi City Centre.
Anniversary Towers The prestigious development consists of a twenty-two (22)-storey commercial building, 80 meters high, beautifully finished in mosaic tiles and tinted glass cladding. It has high-speed lifts and is serviced by a standby generator and is connected to the mains for all services. There are two basement parking levels that provide ample and safe parking space for the tenants.
A broad range of tenants can be found in the house, including government offices, embassies and other institutions.
Lonrho House is one of the most impressive buildings in the city. Glittering in the light, the glass façade represents the surrounding buildings.
Established in 1990, it was the flagship of a prominent Eastern African hotel chain. Lonrho House is 80 meters long and has 22 floors.
The property is situated along the Aga Khan Walk and the Taifa Road, almost directly opposite the High Court and the Nairobi Cinema in the center of Nairobi City.
It is situated in the heart of the Nairobi CBD, near to major government departments such as the Treasury, KRA, Foreign Affairs, the Vice President’s Office, the Office of the President and the Attorney General. It is an 18-storey building with offices on 17 upper floors and shops on the ground floor and Mezzanine floors. It is 77 meters long.