The evolution of Nairobi’s Architectural scene

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Nairobi has one of the most beautiful skylines in Africa. From Upperhill to the Central Business District, The Green City in the Sun is filled with breathtaking skyscrapers designed in a way that ranks Nairobi as the economic hub of Eastern Africa.

The city’s stunning architecture started being visible as early as the 1900s with buildings like  Fairmont the Norfolk Hotel. Located on Harry Thuku road, the building that houses this hotel was built in 1904. The Nairobi Gallery, formerly known as OLD PC house was built in 1913 while Bank of India along Kenyatta Avenue was built in 1923.

Pan African House which is now Sanlam House started as a hotel in 1928 while Kipande House which now houses Kenya Commercial Bank was opened in 1935.

Kipande House. [Source/Nate Kev]

The Norfolk Hotel. [Source/Nate Kev]
The great architecture continued into the 1950s, 60s and 70s with the emergence of buildings like City Hall, The Kenya National Theatre and the Kenyatta International Convention Center.

Early 2000s gave rise to fancier buildings like Times Tower and I&M building that continue to stand tall.

I&M building on Kenyatta Avenue. 

Times Tower building on Haile Sellasie Avenue. 

Today, locations like Upperhill, Westlands and Kilimani have become the hub of the greatest works of architecture in Africa. From UAP Towers to Park Inn by Raddison, these buildings continue to fascinate locals and tourists alike.

The architecture scene in Nairobi has even gained international attention with Britam Towers at Upperhill winning big at the Emporis Skyscraper Award. The building is 200 meters high and is the tallest structure in East and Central Africa.

Britam Towers at Upperhill. 

Prism Towers at Upperhill. 

Other unique notable buildings in Nairobi include Victoria Towers in Upperhill, FCB Mihrab in Kilimani and The Pinnacle which is currently under construction and is set to become the tallest building in Africa.

FCB Mihrab in Kilimani. 

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