Canadian Chancery

7,896 m² (85,000 ft²)
Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (formerly DFAIT)

Project Details

The Canadian Chancery in Nairobi, Kenya is one of a number of our Canadian High Commission and Embassy projects throughout the world. We designed this facility in association with the architectural staff of the former Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT).

An early reconnaissance trip to Nairobi by our firm and the DFAIT personnel established the benefits of a “Made in Kenya” design approach. Kenya is one of the more developed nations in Africa, with locally available materials, equipment, and skilled construction trades.  Adaptation of the design to local materials and techniques enabled significant benefits in terms of construction cost, schedule, and life-cycle maintainability.

The concrete frame construction is enclosed in glazed curtain wall and rendered masonry. Building systems include heating, air conditioning, tele-data, security, and 100% emergency power backup.