African Design Magazine December 2015 - Page 16

GREEN TOWER Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) is living up to its corporate colours by going green, as the best technology and latest practices in sustainable design were used to create their new ultramodern headquarters in Nairobi. The bank commissioned Planning Systems Services Ltd (PSSL) to construct their new high rise building, located in the burgeoning business hub of Upper Hill. T he original brief required a state-of-the-art banking hall – including facilities for personal banking, administration offices and conference facilities. Each of the 25 floors provides 800 square metres of office space, and parking space for approximately 500 cars on five levels. The building is easily accessed by seven high speed lifts and six main lifts - two of which are specifically for firefighting, should the need arise, and one for VIP. The last lift is dedicated for people with disabilities, providing access from the ground to podium level, where the main entry to the building is found. The building’s defining factor is that it had to be green or environmentally friendly, and balance the temperatures experienced in the tropical country. The trick was keeping the internal temperature comfortably regulated without the use of a mechanical cooling system. 16 The fact that a mechanical cooling system was not part of the