Rahimtulla Tower is one of the tallest buildings in Kenya
Rahimtulla Tower is one of the tallest buildings in Kenya

Most of the tallest buildings in Kenya are found in Nairobi,[1] the capital and largest city in the country. In Nairobi, there are 18 buildings that stand taller than 80 metres (260 ft) and several under construction. The tallest building in the city is the new 32-storey, 200 metres (660 ft) Britam Towers. The second-tallest building in the city is the 43-storey, 184 metres (604 ft) GTC Office Tower.[2] The most recent skyscrapers to be constructed are Prism Tower, Le'Mac and FCB Mirhab Tower.

Nairobi's history of towers began with the IPS Building (1967), the Hilton Nairobi (1969), the NSSF Building (1973), and the Kenyatta International Conference Centre in 1974. Buildings in the city remained relatively short until the late 1960s when the city experienced its first skyscraper boom. From 1960 to 1980, Nairobi witnessed a major expansion of skyscraper and high-rise construction. Many of the city's office towers were completed during this period, such as the New Central Bank Tower. A near twenty-year lull in building construction came after this expansion, though Nairobi has experienced a smaller second building expansion beginning in the late 1990s and continuing into the present.[3]

As of 2015, Nairobi had 50 completed high-rise buildings, with 6 more under construction, and another 6 proposed.

Other towns in the country are starting to experience a surge in the construction of skyscrapers. For instance, the recently completed Moi University Pension Scheme Complex (Daima Tower) in Eldoret completed in 2016 stands at 89 meters featuring among the tallest in Kenya.[4] Construction of high-rise buildings is ongoing in other regions such as Mombasa.

Buildings

This list ranks high-rises in Kenya that stand at least 65 metres (213 ft) tall, based on standard height measurement. This includes spires and architectural details but does not include antenna masts.

This is a dynamic list and may never be able to satisfy particular standards for completeness. You can help by adding missing items with reliable sources.

Rank Name Height Floors Year Image Notes
1 Britam Tower 200.1 m (656 ft) 31 2017
On Hospital Road in Upper Hill, which is Nairobi's fastest-growing commercial district, Britam Tower is known for its prism-like shape molded in glass.
2 GTC Office tower 184 m (604 ft) 43 2020 It is the tallest building in Westlands district. Located along Chiromo Road opposite Chiromo lane. It's the headquarters for the Chinese company AVIC in Africa.
3 UAP Old Mutual Tower 163 m (535 ft) 33 2016
Topped out in 2016, the concrete tower was the tallest building in Kenya and the third tallest in Africa until Britam Tower dethroned it in 2017.
4 GTC Hotel Tower 143 m (469 ft) 35 2020 [[]] It is the second tallest building in the GTC complex. It will house a five star hotel operated by the Marriott organisation.
5 Times Tower 140 m (460 ft) 38 2000
6 Prism Tower[5][6] 133 m (436 ft) 34 2018
7 Le'Mac 126 m (413 ft) 24 2017
8 Teleposta Towers 120 m (390 ft) 27 1999
9 Kenya Commercial Bank Plaza 109.1 m (358 ft) 24 2015
10 Kenyatta International Convention Centre 105.2 m (345 ft) 32 1974
11 Social Security House[7] 102.7 m (337 ft) 28 1973
12 I&M Bank Tower 99.1 m (325 ft) 18 2001
13 Moi University Pension Scheme[8] 89.69 m (294.3 ft) 26 2016
14 Sanlam Tower[9] 88.2 m (289 ft) 19 2018
15 Nyayo House 84.1 m (276 ft) 27 1982
16 Cooperative Bank House[10] 83 m (272 ft) 25 1981
17 Nation Centre[11] 82.9 m (272 ft) 17 1997
18 National Bank House[12] 82 m (269 ft) 21 1976
19 Rahimtulla Tower 80 m (260 ft) 18 1999
20 Anniversary Towers[13] 79.9 m (262 ft) 26 1992
21 Lonrho House[14] 79.9 m (262 ft) 22 1990
22 Kizingo Tower[15] 77.13 m (253.1 ft) 22 2017
23 Reinsurance Plaza[16] 77 m (253 ft) 20 1982
24 AmBank House[17] 74.6 m (245 ft) 25 1993
25 ( Chandaria tower )University of Nairobi Towers[18] 22 2016
26 Jaffery Complex[19] 70.12 m (230.1 ft) 20 2018
27 Uchumi House[20] 71 m (233 ft) 21 1972
28 ICEA Building[21] 69.2 m (227 ft) 19 1981
29 View Park Towers[22] 68 m (223 ft) 20 2000
30 International House[23] 65.5 m (215 ft) 17 1971
31 Delta Corner Tower A[24] 61 m (200 ft) 21 2012
32 Delta Corner Tower B[25] 61 m (200 ft) 21 2012
33 Mwalimu Towers[26] 17 2017
Nairobi panorama, viewed from Westlands

Projects

This is a list of projects over 65 metres (213 ft) that are topped out, under construction, approved, on-hold and proposed in the city of Nairobi.

Name Height Floors Year Status Sources
Palm Exotjca 370 m (1,210 ft) 61 Proposed [27]
The Pinnacle Tower I 314 m (1,030 ft) 70 2023 On hold [28]
The Pinnacle Tower II 214 m (702 ft) 46 2023 On hold [28]
Global Trade Centre (Office) 184 m (604 ft) 47 2018 Under construction [29]
Montave Southern Tower 160 m (520 ft) 40 2020 Under construction [30]
Montave Northern Tower 160 m (520 ft) 25 2020 Under construction [30]
88 Nairobi Condominium Tower 176 m (577 ft) 44 2020 Under construction [31]
Cytonn Towers 150 m (490 ft) 35 2022 Proposed [32]
Global Trade Centre (Hotel) 143 m (469 ft) 35 2020 Under construction [29]
Akili Tower 30 Proposed [33]
CBK Pension House 27 Under construction [34]
Upper Hill Chambers 104 m (341 ft) 26 2019 Topped out [35]
Parliament Tower 125 m (410 ft) 26 2019 Topped out [36]
Global Trade Centre (Residential) 103 m (338 ft) 24 2020 Under construction [29]
One Africa Place 21 2018 Topped out [37]
Skynest Apartments 71.6 m (235 ft) 18 2019 Topped out [38]
Westlands Skye Tower 18 Proposed [39]
Nova Apartments 17 2019 Topped out [40]
Xinhua Tower 16 2019 Topped out [41]
KWFT Tower 17 2017 Under construction [42]
Nock Plaza 75 m (246 ft) 15 On hold [43]

List of on-going projects in Mombasa

Name Height Floor Year Status Sources
The Crest, Mombasa 84.14 m (276.0 ft) 24 2018 Topped out [44]
Ocean Seven 80.64 m (264.6 ft) 20 Under Construction [45]
Sheheena Marina Apartments 77.13 m (253.1 ft) 22 2018 Topped out [46]

See also

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