Richard Keep Architects and Henry Goss have just released images for the Akili Tower, a mixed use development in Upper Hill Nairobi overlooking the park. In these series of super realistic images carried out by London based Visual Effects company The Boundary, the scheme adopts a toned down 1970s concrete feel with an affinity for closed up facades and linear mindset.
From the Architects:
Akili Tower is a 30 storey mixed use tower in proposed in Upper Hill, Nairobi designed by a Richard Keep Architects and Henry Goss Architects collaboration. The proposed site is on the prow of the hill over looking the Uhuru Park and the Central Business District.
The shape of the tower is defined by the above ground requirement for car parking which forms the 6 levels separating the lower 3 levels of retail from the upper levels offices, restaurants and residential.
The car parking is a continuous ramp around the central core. The concrete external structural shell sets up a framework for the different uses a which have a different elevation treatments, appropriate to their use.
The deck level separating the car parking and the tower above contains restaurants opening on to the large terrace and gym with views over the city. Open plan offices occupy the next 12 floors with residential and penthouses over the top 6 floors.
London-based Keep and Goss designed the 30-storey mixed-use Akili Tower for a spot on Upper Hill, where it will join a growing number of high-rises overlooking Uhuru Park and the central business district of the Kenyan city. Images of the project were created by The Boundary, the visualisation studio Goss runs with Peter Guthrie. The pair wanted to avoid the “utopian” vision that architectural visualisation artists often strive for.
They instead took the opportunity to produce a set of less stereotypically presented renderings that capture the tower from unusual angles – similar to those a photographer might achieve with a camera – and in inclement weather.