With a population of more than three million people and a metropolitan area capturing nearly seven million, Nairobi is one of Africa's most important cities. The capital of Kenya is perhaps most famous for the sharp juxtaposition between its urban core and the protected game reserve Nairobi National Park, which lies within city borders. Boasting regional headquarters for major international firms like Google, General Electric and Coca-Cola, accompanied by numerous United Nations offices, Nairobi is a hub for business and culture. Recognizing the city's global importance and demand for modern office space, local builder Kings Developers is currently constructing a major new tower to accommodate these international corporations. 

Kings Prism Tower, image via A + I Design

Now under construction on a plot of land steps away from the traditional central business district, the 34-storey Kings Prism Tower has been crafted by New York's A + I Design. Featuring a vertical pattern of canted triangular faces, the building is described as a "jewel" which yields a "spectrum of vivid colours." 

Kings Prism Tower, image via A + I Design

Kings Developers aim to throw out the formulaic and bare bones office environment in favour of amenity-enhanced contemporary and flexible spaces. Expansive glass windows maximize natural light and views, while a restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating areas lends additional lunch options for tenants. A free-flowing work space is made possible via column-free floor plates and a 20-seat seminar room provides a more private area to convene and collaborate. A swimming pool, sauna with lockers, jogging track, fitness equipment, and a podium rooftop garden match most amenities you'd find in a luxury condominium development. 

Kings Prism Tower, image via A + I Design

Five levels of parking are housed within the project's podium. Several security features have also been incorporated into the complex, including metal detectors, swipe card technology and constant CCTV monitoring. On the environmental front, rainwater harvesting ensures the surrounding vegetation is kept in good health, motion sensors limit unnecessary light use, and bathroom fixtures minimize intensive water use. With all of these elements implemented with 21st century office typology in mind, the complex should be opening its doors by 2017. 

Kings Prism Tower, image via A + I Design

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