Swiss Embassy in Nairobi / architekten

Swiss Embassy in Nairobi / architekten

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Nairobi, Kenya
Swiss Embassy in Nairobi / architekten - Windows
© Fabio Idini

Text description provided by the architects. The New Swiss Embassy in the Kenyan Capital of Nairobi, designed by Lucerne-based architects (roeoesli & maeder gmbh, dipl. architekten eth bsa), is an architecturally superior building that represents Switzerland in an appropriate way. At the same time, it incorporates local building practices and local companies and manages to bring together the required aspects of functionality, safety, and sustainability in a coherent spatial structure.

Lower Floor Plan
Swiss Embassy in Nairobi / architekten - Facade, Garden
© Iwan Baan

By allowing the actual building to grow out of the enclosing wall (required for compound security), a spiral spatial relationship is created that frames the entire compound, culminating in the central two-story structure. The twisting, multifaceted shape of the building respects the existing distinctive tree-filled landscape. It responds to the slightly sloping north facing site with a split-level arrangement of the floors. The reception hall connects the mezzanine sections of the building and forms the hub of the complex.

Swiss Embassy in Nairobi / architekten - Door
© Iwan Baan

The East African countryside is reflected in the individual character of the building, particularly in the red-brown pigmentation of the exposed concrete of the outer façade and perimeter wall. Thus, the building takes on the color of the so-called "coffee soil", the earth found throughout Kenya's capital, which owes its rich red hue to the high iron content. The generously dimensioned windows are another striking feature, framed with geometrical projections that provide shade on the façade. The glass surfaces reflect the vegetation and make the building itself a part of the landscape.

Longitudinal Section
Swiss Embassy in Nairobi / architekten - Windows, Facade, Garden
© Iwan Baan

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Address:Nairobi, Kenya

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Cite: "Swiss Embassy in Nairobi / architekten" 27 Aug 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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