For the new Swiss chancery in Nairobi, Kenya, localization in the host country is very important. In order to achieve this goal, intrinsic features of Swiss architecture and construction like accuracy, technical precision, economical aspects and sustainability have been combined with artisan and aesthetic qualities of Kenyan craftsmanship. The rooms are organized in three storeys, resulting in a compact structure with a small footprint, leaving ample space for designing the grounds. The sculpture-like form of the structure makes the different storeys visible from the outside, so that the building blends in well with its neighbourhood. Slots in the facades make for courts and roofed squares, opening fascinating perspectives and creating interfaces between inside and outside. The facades consist of perforated fairfaced concrete elements fabricated with an addition of local bluestone. The surface, changing with the light, is reminiscent of dispersed dust. The abstract shape of the perforations is derived from the flower of the native bougainvillea - which is also going to be planted in the garden. The entrances to the different sections are well noticeable. Access to the consular section is through a handcrafted wooden cube, and leads into an court-like entrance situation; the diplomatic section is accessed over a flight of steps leading to an exterior gallery on the first floor.