Britam Tower is the most outstanding skyscraper in Africa according to the German based Emporis Skyscraper Awards.
The Upperhill based building which was designed by Triad Architects, is the first building in Africa to receive recognition since the inception of the awards 19 years ago.
“Triad Architects takes pride in leading the design and construction processes of Britam Tower. The firm continues to design award-winning buildings in Africa. Our approach is to design creative and unique spaces that meet current international standards and are infused with an elegant local flair. We are proud to be associated with this prestigious list of outstanding skyscrapers,” the firm said in a statement.
Specifications of Britam Tower
The prism-shaped 31 storey tower is 200 metres tall and was completed in September 2017 by GAPP and Triad architects. It seats on 1.5 acres on Hospital Road. Neighboring the tower is a 15-storey parking silo which is connected to the office tower using a bridge that acts as an emergency exit.
“We have eight high-speed lifts to travel from the ground floor to the top floor in less than 30 seconds. These are the fastest in any building in Africa,” Britam Group Managing Director, Benson Wairegi told journalists who toured the building on July 20, 2018.
Other winners of the Emporis Skyscraper Award
Lotte World Tower in Seoul, South Korea, emerged as the most prestigious skyscraper in the world. It was followed by the Generali Tower in Milan, and 150 North Riverside in Chicago at 2nd and 3rd place respectively.
Every year, a jury selects the winners of the Emporis Skyscraper Award based on “excellence in aesthetic and functional design.” The buildings must not be less than 100 meters tall and they have to be completed during the previous calendar year.