Land Use Consultants (LUC) has won an international competition to design a new peace and environmental studies institute in Nairobi
The firm, in a consortium with Cape Town-based DHK Architects, WSP Engineers and Turner and Townsend Quantity Surveyors, won the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies Architectural Competition at a recent ceremony in Kenya.
The brief was to create a new ‘green campus’ at the University of Nairobi (UON), to be the home of the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies (WMI).
An initiative of the Noble Peace Laureate Prof Wangari Maathai and the UON, the WMI will provide education in environmental and natural resource management, good governance and cultures of peace.
Located on a lush and steeply sloping 50-acre site to the north-west of Nairobi on the Kabete campus of the UON, the ‘green campus’ will showcase sustainable techniques in natural resource management, agriculture and production, while the building is expected to achieve close to 100% carbon neutrality.
The jury commended the partnership for its thoroughness in resolving different aspects of the scheme. Project adviser Phillip Kungu said: “The jury were particularly impressed with the land use masterplan, the sensitive treatment of ecological issues and the extensive handling of sustainable design concepts.”