Thursday, 17 January 2019 07:34

GAPP's Britam Tower named in the Emporis Skyscraper Award Top 10

Our new flagship building for the British American Insurance Company (Kenya) - BRITAM Tower - designed by GAPP Architects & Urban Designers in collaboration with Triad Architects - has been recognised by Emporis in their Top Ten New Skyscrapers of 2017.

We are enormously honoured and proud to be in the company of Zaha Hadid Architects, UNStudio and SOM – whose schemes feature in the list, and Kohn Pederson Fox Associates – whose Lotte World Tower in Seoul, South Korea, was named the overall winner.

The Emporis Skyscraper Award is a renowned prize for high-rise architecture and is presented annually, recognising excellence in aesthetic and functional design for buildings of 100 metres or taller completed during the previous calendar year.

Centrally situated within the commercial Upper Hill precinct of Nairobi, Britam Tower consists of a thirty-one (31) storey tower, a six (6) storey entrance and grand retail atrium, a ten (10) storey parkade as well as three levels of basement parking. The project has added more than 31,500 m² of lettable commercial space to the region. At over 200m high, the elegant prism-shaped tower is the first skyscraper in Kenya, and second tallest building in Africa.

The building’s prominent design arose in response to the client brief to define a modern, yet elegant building within Nairobi’s skyline. 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 a number of retail units at ground level, with 30 floors of office space as well as a service level. 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.

Designed to meet international safety and environmentally sustainable practices, this state of the art building incorporates a number of innovative design strategies. The facade features a full height high-performance glazing system incorporating two types of glazing, as well as with a secondary ceramic rod screening structure to provide shading while optimising the use of natural daylight, as well as reducing glare and solar gain. Natural ventilation is used extensively to cool the building, with high- and low-level windows that can be opened to draw in fresh air, allowing occupants to regulate thermal comfort. In addition, the building incorporates a number of sustainable technologies ranging from energy efficient fittings and fixtures, rainwater harvesting, sustainable cladding and materials, as well as indigenous planting to minimise water requirements.

Congratulations to our team members who worked tirelessly to complete this prestigious building, as well as our fellow top ten nominees. Thank-you to Emporis for the enormous honour. More information from Archdaily on the Top Ten here:


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