Caxton House (Universal Data Center)

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When I first came to Nairobi, my first job was as a data entry clerk at a little stall owned by a friend of my mom’s in a place called Universal Data Center (or “Kenya” Data Center, I forget). It was 8hrs a day staring at a computer screen typing up hand written notes from Sudanese delegation meetings. It’s been over 10 years since that. A couple of months ago I was commissioned to take photos of the renovations done to the building by Sayani Investments.

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The hallways are now spaced out and opened up. When I worked there, the building was compartmentalized into as many stalls as could rationally fit on any one hallway. We literally were packed in there like sardines.

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It is interesting to now see that it is a proper commercial building housing a digital media school, a popular phone brand care center (my phone brand to be exact), a bank and many other larger commercial operations.

_DSC0155Even the stare case looks fancy compared to when I was there. With marble floors and a clean spiral metal banister all the way down. Truth be told, I don’t even remember stairs from when I worked there. I bet you anything there were stalls in the stair hallways too. That used to be a thing in Nairobi. These days you can find a lot more rational use of space in buildings.

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Even the outside back has been cleaned up and well fitted with plenty of water storage. Sayani did an amazing job on this building. I know, I used to work here when it wasn’t a great place to work!

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