KICC’s main tower design was apparently inspired by a donkey penis

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David Mutiso, the architect of the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC), has shared an interesting tit-bit about the main tower of the building. The 28 floor tower was apparently inspired by a donkey’s penis. You read that right.

The phallic nature of the tower should have pointed us to the obvious but it is nice to get a confirmation from the man who designed it. Let’s just say that we won’t look at that building the same again.

The building, formerly known as the Kenyatta International Conference Centre,  was commissioned by President Jomo Kenyatta in 1967 aand was built at a cost of 4 Million Pounds (Ksh. 80 million in today’s currency). Construction was done in three phases. Phase I was the construction of the podium, Phase II consisted of the main tower and Phase III involved the Plenary. Construction was completed in 1973.

Kenyans on Twitter reacted to the news with amazement, horror and humour. Here are some of the reactions.

 

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