Kenya’s Britam Tower has been named the top skyscraper in Africa in the global architecture awards announced in Germany recently.
The skyscraper also featured in the world’s top 10 buildings, becoming the only skyscraper in Africa to feature among the top 10 buildings in the world in the award’s 19-year history.
Announcing the awards, Emporis, a leading repository of information on building and construction projects and based in Germany, said that Britam Tower was the first skyscraper in Africa to feature among the winners since its inception in 2000.
“Britam Tower by GAPP Architects and Triad Architects made its way to the tenth position among other outstanding skyscrapers in the world,” the Emporis management said in a statement.
Winners were chosen by a jury of architectural experts from all over the world, while the nominated buildings are judged based on their achievements in functions and aesthetics.
The iconic Tower, developed by Britam Properties Limited, is currently the tallest building in East and Central Africa, rising from Nairobi’s skyline at 200 metres, and is Britam’s flagship project for its property strategy.
The 31-storey skyscraper offers panoramic and breathtaking views of the capital and surrounding areas, like the Nairobi National Park.
On clear days, both Mount Kenya and Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania can be seen from the top of the building.
The Emporis Skyscraper Awards is the only prize for high-rise buildings awarded annually and on a global basis.
Nominees and winners are chosen by Emporis editors, who are architecture experts from all over the world.
Since 2000, the award has been given to recognize excellence in both aesthetic and functional design.
Completed in November 2017, Britam Tower is owned by Britam Life Assurance Limited and was developed by Britam Properties , a subsidiary of Britam Holdings Limited. It is the firm’s flagship project for its property strategy.
Britam embarked on its property and real estate strategy in 2011, as part of the Group’s diversification strategy to provide real estate exposure to investing clients, by taking advantage of the thriving property sector in Kenya.