This complex is located on a major road with a constant flow of cars and pedestrians. The main building, in the shape of an open box, delimits a garden with three additional small buildings. The complex includes underground parking, shops and cafés on ground level and offices on the higher floors.
Users’ input The complex is designed as an open system, enabling maximal flexibility for each user in arranging their private space and façades. While choosing the best for their needs, the users would also collectively determine the appearance of the building’s façades.
They will choose their private entrance out of several divisions and colours – this collection of choices would compose the appearance of the internal façades surrounding the public garden. The external façades are affected by the users’ choices to a greater extent (see video)
Working outdoors Considering Nairobi’s all-year-round mild weather, the outdoor areas were designed to act as an extension of the offices - they provide additional, relaxed and less formal working environments. With wireless internet connection everywhere in the complex, work can be done and meetings held in the large garden surrounded by cafes and restaurants on the ground floor, as well as in the three gardens located on the roofs of the inner buildings. Each of these roof gardens contains a kitchenette and a sitting area, and is designated for the use of one floor of offices.
Multifunctional environment The complex is open to the street, and is inviting to the passer-by with its garden, shops and cafes. This multi-use environment has a rich potential for a range of events and interactions, as it brings together people who work in the complex and people who are there to shop or relax.
Security Due to the high level of crime in Nairobi, developments tend to be closed, surrounded by a fence and guarding. By creating the extreme opposite – an open complex with lively public spaces at its centre, we managed to solve the security problem: Places that are constantly watched-over by many people are not attractive for criminals.
Low budget By designing structurally simple buildings and using local technology and materials, we managed to stick to a low budget – the complex is not more expensive to construct then a typical office building of the same scale.
Credits Architecture and landscape design: Tamir Addadi in collaboration with Raphael Cohen Client: Jericho Developments Plot area: 6068 m2 Gross floor area: 36,710 m2 Building Cost: $10,000,000 General contractor: Vishak Builders Ltd Structural engineer: Metrix Consultants Ltd On-site supervision: Architect David Kiaraho Rendering: D4