• Embassy of Switzerland in Nairobi / Roeosli Maeder Architects

Architects: Roeosli Maeder Architects  
Location: Nairobi,  Kenya
Project Team: Architect of Record: DMJ Architects ; Contractor: Parbat Siyani Construction Limited
Interior Décor: Roeosli Maeder Architects
Project Year: 2016
Photographer: Iwan Baan
Website: www.roeoesli-maeder.ch

The Swiss federal office for buildings and logistics recently acquired a piece of land for the construction of a new embassy in the Rosslyn green estate, a residential area just outside the centre of Nairobi.

Embassy of Switzerland in Nairobi / Roeosli Maeder Architects

The scheme from Roeosli Maeder explores separating the property from the environment for safety reasons, the local situation being defined primarily by the perimeter wall that takes into account the existing distinctive trees, and simultaneously directs the arrivals to the entrances.

Embassy of Switzerland in Nairobi / Roeosli Maeder Architects

The outgrowth of the building from the perimeter wall creates a spiral like spatial figure, which begins in the south-eastern corner of the building, framing the entire property and ending in a two storey building in the center.

Embassy of Switzerland in Nairobi / Roeosli Maeder Architects

The building responds to the slightly sloping topography on average by a split level arrangement of the projectiles.

Embassy of Switzerland in Nairobi / Roeosli Maeder Architects

The right of way and the gardens are connected via the meander path, as well as the building-penetrating lobby. This forms the central fulcrum of the plant.

Embassy of Switzerland in Nairobi / Roeosli Maeder Architects

The building envelope and the surrounding wall are executed in pigmented exposed concrete.

Embassy of Switzerland in Nairobi / Roeosli Maeder Architects

These rough walls are combined with flooring made of a local blue stone which also continues in the garden path and window and door elements in wood.

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