As the income of Planet Earth continues to rise, the construction of tall buildings proceeds apace. Many cities around the world, including Nairobi, are increasingly housing their residents in highrises.
Skyscrapers provide shelter to growing urban populations without sprawl, potentially providing more park space and other urban benefits.
Kenya’s tallest buildings are, for the first time, set to have residential space. Kenyans have already shown serious interest in some of the ongoing projects due to their unique architecture and features.
Some of the projects include the 44-story building, dubbed 88 Nairobi, being constructed by Lordship Africa. The beautiful skyscraper is sitting on the corner of Bishop’s Road and 4th Ngong Avenue, Upperhill.
On completion in about 36 months, the 44-Storey landmark development will be the tallest private residential building in Sub-Saharan Africa. The aim is to improve people´s quality of life and the strength of the community.
According to the property developer, the property set to feature high-end, dedicated residential condominiums designed to five-star hotel standards has attracted over 76 pre-sale transactions.
The residential apartments include studio, 1 & 2 bedroom units, and luxury penthouses from the 40th Floor, three to four bedrooms, with a two-bedroom unit going at Ksh25 million.
Other unique architectural designs developed in the city include Jabavu Village Ltd, which proposed constructing 75 floors split into two blocks. Tower 1, to be the tallest in the country, with 45 floors, whereas Tower 2 will have 30 floors, sitting on a 2.5-acre plot at the junction of Upper Hill Road and Haile Selassie Avenue.
Conversely, tall buildings present opportunities to ensure the viability of high-quality community facilities. They make the best use of scarce land, reducing pressure on green space.
They provide people with excellent transport access and can reduce environmental impact. They could make a significant contribution to London’s housing targets.