The Embassy of Switzerland in Nairobi, Kenya by Roeoesli Maeder Architects features a polygonal pigmented concrete facade. The building responds to it’s slopy site topography, emerging from the perimeter wall and ending in a two storey building in the center of the site, thereby creating a spiral like form.
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.
The scheme from Roeoesli Maeder Architects 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.
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. The building responds to the slightly sloping topography on average by a split level arrangement of the projectiles.
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. The building envelope and the surrounding wall are executed in pigmented exposed concrete. 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.