The High Commission is arranged as a composition of distinct but linked elements housing the main embassy offices along with the visa section, a clubhouse, a library and maintenance spaces. Beyond the main entrance with its large oversailing canopy, a courtyard provides a sheltered environment and focus for the offices. Designed to be in harmony with the setting and climate, the building makes use of a large range of specially-designed terracotta and brick elements made of local clay.
“The High Commission is a sophisticated and elegant collection of buildings, designed by thoughtful and erudite architects ... It is down to the strength of the original idea and sheer persistence of the architects that the resulting scheme flies a flag not only for Britain but also for good architecture everywhere” – ‘Architecture 08, The Guide To The RIBA Awards,’ 2008
"The British High Commission building in Kampala is all about engaging with the local economy. Instead of ‘arriving in a box’ (as embassies often do) this one arises out of an exploration by architect, client and local contractors of the vernacular and the ways in which it can be adapted to the needs of sophisticated building types such as these. By using and adapting local materials, this project seems literally to grow out of the red soil of Africa.” – The Architects’ JournalClient