Tall & Urban News

One of Kenya's Earliest Skyscrapers is Closing in Nairobi

30 March 2023 | Nairobi, Kenya

The Hilton Hotel, Nairobi's first skyscaper, is closing after more than half a century of operation. Originally opened in 1969 by then-President Jomo Kenyatta, a few year's after Kenya became independent from Britain. 

The cylindrical skyscraper, designed in a modernist style, was part of an architectural shift away from colonial architecture in Nairobi. The hotel gained a reputation for being a very exclusive forum for government and politics, and now represents an era that has given way to a rapidly transforming (growing) skyline in Nairobi. The loss of the iconic building will change the city's skyline. 

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