Britam Tower

Project Details

  • City: Nairobi, Kenya
  • Year: 2017
  • Client: British American Insurance
  • Award: Emporis Skyscraper Award 10th Place 2017, African Property Awards 2014-2015 Highly Commended, CTBUH 2019 Overall Winner MEP Engineering Award
  • Value: R500 million
  • Discipline: Architecture
  • Sector: Retail and commercial

Britam Tower is a new commercial development in Nairobi, Kenya. Its prominent design arose in response to help define a modern, yet elegant building within the city’s skyline.

Designed as the iconic flagship investment building of British American Insurance Company, the project consists of a 31-storey tower, a 6-storey entrance atrium and a 10-storey parkade with three levels of basement parking, adding 31,500 m² of lettable commercial space to the region. At over 200m high, the prism-shaped tower is the second tallest building to be completed in Africa.

Inspired by the iconic Mount Kenya, the prismatic geometry allows for a variety of floor plate sizes and tenant requirements while providing panoramic views over the surrounding city. Each level is designed to maximise available floor space, promoting collaboration and visuospatial exploration – highly conducive to a healthy work environment.

The tower consists of several retail units at ground level, with 30 floors of office space as well as a service level. A glazed atrium forms the main entrance and connects the tower to the parkade structure. The building’s geometric form is capped by a sculptural mast that sits atop the tower. This 67m helical spire, originally designed as a wind turbine, celebrates the apex of the building and provides a prominent contribution to Nairobi’s skyline.



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