Friday 01 February, 2013

Konza Techno City masterplan by SHoP Architects


Manhattan-based firm SHoP Architects has sent us a movie and more images illustrating its masterplan for Konza Techno City, a new “silicon” city 40 miles from Kenya’s capital Nairobi (+ movie).

Konza Techno City masterplan by SHoP Architects

Above: entry plaza

Work is already underway on the pavilion that forms part of the first phase of SHoP Architects’ masterplan for Konza Techno City, a business and technology hub that’s been dubbed Kenya’s “silicon savannah”.

Konza Techno City masterplan by SHoP Architects

Above: university campus

The $14.5 billion project will transform an area of grassland into a city of 250,000 residents. The city is expected to generate up to 200,000 jobs by the time its final phase is completed in 2030.

Konza Techno City masterplan by SHoP Architects

Above: business district

The first phase, to be built over five years, will house 30,000 residents and be shaped like a row of “stitches” in the overall masterplan, the architects told Dezeen.

Konza Techno City masterplan by SHoP Architects

Above: technology and life sciences district

The east-west axis of the first phase includes a boulevard of green spaces with bridges over the wide motorway leading to Nairobi.

Konza Techno City masterplan by SHoP Architects

Above: Konza Techno City pavilion

The four initial north-south axes will comprise, from west to east, a university, a residential area, a technology and life sciences district and a business district.

Konza Techno City masterplan by SHoP Architects

Above: Konza Techno City pavilion entrance

The stitch pattern is designed as a framework for the later growth of the city, which will be made up of criss-crossing horizontal and vertical bands.

Konza Techno City masterplan by SHoP Architects

Above: Konza Techno City pavilion entrance

The areas between the bands are expected to grow organically without specific planning.

Konza Techno City masterplan by SHoP Architects

Above: masterplan structure

SHoP Architects took over the masterplan after the Kenyan government rejected an earlier proposal by UK-based firm Pell Frischmann, some images from which we included in the launch of Konza Techno City last week.

Konza Techno City masterplan by SHoP Architects

Above: phase one

SHoP Architects is the firm behind the Atlantic Yards development in Brooklyn, New York, which includes a 32-storey residential tower set to be the world’s tallest modular building and the Barclays Center, a 19,000-seat indoor sports arena that opened last year.

Konza Techno City masterplan by SHoP Architects

Above: green spaces in phase one – click above for larger image

Other masterplans we’ve reported on recently include the redevelopment of Darling Harbour in Sydney by architecture firms OMA, Hassell and Populous and a plan to redesign Futian District in Shenzhen, China, as a “garden city”.

Konza Techno City masterplan by SHoP Architects

Above: phase one programme – click above for larger image

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Konza Techno City masterplan by SHoP Architects

Above: Konza Techno City pavilion model


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