A stunning architectural masterpiece is marching its
way into the skyline of Nairobi’s South ‘C’, one of
Kenya’s fastest growing academic towns.
Located along Mombasa road, South C, Kenya National
Examination Council (KNEC) under the State Department of
Education, is on the verge of completing a new office complex
dubbed “New Mitihani House,” reinforcing South ‘C’ status as
a major academic metropolis.
The office block is built in an area renowned for its tranquility,
good natural environment and access to numerous
amenities such as: – The Boma Hotel, National Environment
Management Authority (NEMA), Co-operative and Equity
Banks, Kenya Literature Bureau and the Management
University of Africa. This exclusive location provides an
idyllic settings away from Nairobi’s Central Business District
(CBD) hustle and bustle.
Mutiso Menezes International (MMI), a firm of architects,
planners and interior design consultants whose magnificent
and inspiring architectural works have left an indelible mark
in East Africa, were commissioned to carry out completion
works on the project after it had stalled for over a decade. The
“New Mitihani house”entailed construction of three tower
each towering to six floors in a vertical formation to behold.
According to Architect Alan Simu, Managing Director at
MMI, “New Mitihani” house is a highly creative mix of classic
and timeless architecture with contemporary art and modern
technology blending all aspects of modernism.
Once complete, the three tower office complex would boast of
a modern architectural masterpiece, fitted with elevators and a modern roof that allows easy harvesting
of water and solar energy.
During an exclusive interview with the
East African Timeless Construction
(EATC) magazine, the Chief Architect and
Project Manager at the State Department
of Public Works of the Ministry of
Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and
Urban Development Architect Nathan
Kureba thanked the National Government
for financing the project to ensure that it
was built in a professional and sustainable
manner that guarantee the taxpayers value
for their money.
Architect Kureba said that the complex
had been built to reflect clients’ needs and
dynamism and growth into entirety
The complex has a printing factory which
may be used as a printing centre for
examinations papers. Currently KNEC
prints examination materials overseas but
this can be localized.
The “New Mitihani House” will also
house a total of the current 431 council
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different premises including National
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This will be a thing of the past once NMH
is complete thus saving on the rent.
The new building has been fitted with
modern video conferencing facilities,
closed circuit cameras (CCTVs) for
advanced security management of the
complex. The finishing has a touch of class
in color being predominant and reflecting
the brand of council. The complex
provides a strategic, easily accessible and
prestigious business address. The floors are designed to offer flexibility in the configuration of office space as well as excellent access to services.
The doors are fitted with card reading system and biometric system. This will help in enhancing the security of the staff and exam materials. There are door access option and an electric fence around the perimeter wall. The architects who have worked very closely with the project team laid greater emphasis on the comfort and convenience of the physically challenged by putting up ramps in place to facilitate their ease of movement within the building.
To enhance energy efficiency, maximum advantage has been taken of free natural ventilation and thus reducing significantly the use of mechanical ventilation systems.
The design incorporates building orientation to take advantage of prevailing winds direction and large open spaces to ensure adequate air flows and cross ventilation.
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And to further lower energy consumption, the building incorporates the use of energy saving light fittings and low power plant including power transformers, switchgear and cables.
The design also emphases on the use of natural lighting, by incorporating suitably shaded green glazed wall surfaces.
The complex has a
printing factory which
may be used as a printing centre for examinations
papers. Currently KNEC prints examination
materials overseas but
this can be localized.
The development is also served by
a borehole, back-up generator and
incinerator. Also provided are facilities to
service and support the occupants in the
building. Toilets facilities for visitors and
staff are on all floors.
Consultants: Mutiso Menezes
International (MMI), Integrated YMR
Partnership, Maiteri & Associates, Otieno
Odong & Partners.
Contractors include: Ongata Works Ltd,
Electro Watts Ltd, M.J Vekaria Electrical
Ltd, Clean Air Systems Ltd, Nelliwa
Builders & Civil Engineers, Com 21 Ltd,
Building Fire Consultants Ltd, Marshall
Fowlers Steam Services Ltd, Triple Nine
Ltd, Elevonic Lifts Services Ltd.