The new kings of Nairobi skyline
SEE ALSO :The big question: What is Blue Economy?The design is meant to provide a ray of hope to the tower’s clientele and bring out the creativity spectrum among Nairobians. Wags on social media have gone gaga about the building with some saying it is the cutest in town. Others labelled it “crooked” owing to the exterior glass design. The tower will be officially inaugurated by President Uhuru Kenyatta today. FCB Mihrab Built at a cost of Sh1.3 billion by Mihrab Development Ltd, this retail and office tower is the latest architectural masterpiece in the city. Located at the intersection of Lenana and Ring Road Kilimani, the 21-storey tower incorporates a mix of Islamic values and secular tenets. Designed by Morphosis, its outstanding feature is its semi-circular design mimicking the niche found in mosques and that indicates the direction of the Muslim’s holy city Mecca. “The ‘Mihrab’ from where the leader stands to proclaim ethical practices, the domain from which the voice is amplified,” states a citation on the building’s website. The Middle Eastern architecture and choice of construction materials reduce heat gain into the building. A bridge on the entryway signifies crossing over into serenity, a key principle in the Muslim faith. Nairobi’s night owls looking for a good time may find it hard to operate from here. The developers have incorporated Islamic business practices where businesses associated with either alcohol or gambling are avoided.
SEE ALSO :City barred from Iko toiletsDesigned by local firm Bowman Associates, the building takes the form of, well, the oval. The building was the runner-up as the best commercial building in Nairobi two years ago. The designers are behind other properties in Nairobi such as Junction, Westgate and Galleria malls. The cylindrical shape gives the impressions of unending pursuit where one feels like just circling to peer into the hidden side. A central atrium compliments the natural lighting of the wide entrance. The Mirage The 15-storey twin buildings along Chiromo Road in Westlands take the shape of a sail, a feature synonymous with the East African coast for centuries. They were developed by Riayn Developers Group, a family-owned company with keen interest in residential homes and office blocks. The group is also behind The Edge, another high-end commercial property in Parklands.