New Nairobi's CBK Pension Tower Gets Special Attention in China

  • Side by side photos of CBK Pension Towers during daytime and with dazzling night lights.
    Side by side photos of CBK Pension Towers during daytime and with dazzling night lights.
  • Kenya's latest skyscraper, the CBK Pension Towers, valued at Ksh2.5 billion has attracted considerable attention from China over its ultra-modern outlook.

    Speaking at the building's launch attended by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday, May 26, Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) Pension Chairman, Dominic Mwenja, noted that the building was honoured by China even before it was opened for operations.

    He further explained that it is ranked among the coolest and most modern buildings across the continent while also saving the environment.

    "This building is the coolest and most modern building in the CBD and Nairobi today. I am happy to tell you that Kenyans are creative and can design such an iconic building which has even been featured in China as one of the most ultra-modern buildings in Africa.

    "For that, we are grateful to the team that did this. We have incorporated in this building a fantastic viewing section so that you can have the entire view of the whole county," stated Mwenja.

    CBK Pension Tower, which was designed by Kenyan architects under the Arprim Consultants, is fitted with solar panels and supplies its own clean energy during the day.

    Located along Harambee Avenue in Nairobi, the skyscraper sports two shiny sky blue glass towers facing opposite directions.

    Speaking about its design, Mwenja revealed that it was inspired by two retired individuals facing different directions in tandem with the Pension's goal to fund its retired members forever.

    "Over 4 years ago, the fund started the journey of developing this property as one of the assets to ensure that retirees of the CBK will have a comfortable retirement.

    "Many people ask me why the towers are leaning in opposite directions. The whole idea was to have two retired persons, one facing this way and the other that way. In between, we have the Pension Fund and the CBK as the anchor and support for our retirees and this is a testament of how we view our retirees," he explained.

    The skyscraper is a 27-storey building with 6 basement levels and encompasses office suites as well as retail stores for private tenants.

    It is also designed to accommodate a currency museum, conference and support facilities.

    CBK Governor Patrick Njoroge speaking at the MPC May Conference
    CBK Governor Patrick Njoroge during the May MPC Conference. PHOTO: TWITTER