Tallest Buildings In Africa

Between 1973 and 2019 the tallest building in Africa was Johannesburg’s Carlton Centre, which stands 223 metres (732 ft) tall until Leonardo was completed and is now the tallest building in Africa; however, the Iconic Tower in New Administrative Capital of Egypt has already achieved a greater height of 227 meters tall but does not count as the tallest building in Africa until it is completed.

Here are the Top 5 tallest buildings in Africa in 2022

5. Nairobi GTC Office Tower – Kenya 

tallest building in Nairobi Kenya

The GTC Tower’s construction began in 2014 and completed in 2021. GTC Tówer set a number of Kenyan and East African records as the city complex with the largest scale, and most diverse trade sectors in Nairobi.

The GTC office tower is a part of a multi-purpose building that includes a commercial office tower, a JW Mariott-anchored hotel, retail outlets, and executive residences. The commercial section has 42 floors of office space. The skyscraper is located in the Westlands district on Waiyaki Way / Chiromo Lane.

The project was estimated to cost $400 million. The GTC tower was designed by HuaSen Architectural & Engineering Designing Consultant Ltd and built by AVIC International Real Estate Kenya Limited, a subsidiary of the Chinese-owned aerospace and defense company AVIC.

Its 603-foot (184-meter) Office Tower, is equipped with 11 high-speed lifts and expands the vision of Fortune Global 500 companies.

Its six security systems, 360-degree natural lighting, 1,037 parking spaces, 153 exclusive parking spaces for VICs, Sky private club, and a plethora of retail amenities all contribute to the best business operation experience in East Africa. 

4. Britam Tower – Nairobi, Kenya 

 Britam Tower tallest building in  Nairobi, Kenya 

Britam Tower is a commercial building in Nairobi owned by British-American Investments Company, It’s the tallest tower in the region . The skyscraper has 32 usable floors and a maximum height of 195 meters (640 feet) above ground.  The structure has a distinct prismic shape, beginning with an equal four-sided square footprint and ending with a two-sided roof with a 60-metre (197-foot) mast containing three helical wind turbines. It is currently the highest building in East Africa.

The construction of the 31-storey tower began in early 2013 and was completed in September 2017. The tower is located on Hospital Road in Nairobi’s Upper Hill neighborhood, Kenya’s capital. The building has a total of 350,000 square feet (32,516 m2) of commercial office space available for lease. To accommodate its many tenants, the building has a 12-storey car park attached that can accommodate up to 1,000 vehicles.

3. Commercial Bank of Ethiopia Headquarters

tallest building in Ethiopia Commercial Bank of Ethiopia Headquarters

The Construction of CBE Headquarters began in 2015 after the government of Ethiopia reached an agreement  with the China State Construction Engineering Corporation. On June 27, 2015, the foundation stone was laid and it  was completed on February 13, 2022 .

 Commercial Bank of Ethiopia headquarters building is the tallest building in Ethiopia and is located in Addis Ababa. It’s the headquarters of Ethiopia’s state-owned Commercial Bank of Ethiopia. 

The building stands 198 meters tall, has 52 stories, two 5-story podiums, and underground parking lots that are 20 meters deep. There are 46 above-ground floors, a mezzanine level, a ground floor, and four basement levels in the design. The floor area of the skyscraper is 150,000 square meters and  Its design includes eight conference halls, an emergency waiting room, two restaurants on the top two floors, and a sightseeing tower.

2. Carlton Centre – Johannesburg, South Africa

Carlton Centre second tallest building inJohannesburg, South Africa

The Carlton Centre is a 50-storey skyscraper and shopping mall in the heart of Johannesburg, South Africa. The Carlton Centre, at 223 metres (732 feet), is Africa’s second tallest building after The Leonardo, also in Johannesburg.

 It was designed by the US architectural firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. The building was completed in 1973 at a cost of more than R88 million.

From 1973 to 2019, the Carlton Centre was Africa’s tallest building. The building houses both offices and shops, and has over 46 per cent of the floor area below ground level. A below-ground shopping center with over 180 stores connects the Carlton Centre to the Carlton Hotel.

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 1. The Leonardo, Johannesburg South Africa

The Leonardo tallest building in south Africa

The Leonardo is a 55-storey mixed-use commercial property in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa, that stands 234 metres (768 ft) tall, meters (36 ft) higher. The structure is located at 75 Maude Street.

The entire building, which includes 200 apartments and 11 floors of commercial office space, cost R 2 billion. The development includes street-level shops as well as an above-ground podium with a swimming pool, restaurant, and other amenities. 

The Leonardo was designed by the South African firm Co-Arc International Architects. The construction team was led by a female architect, with nine of the 11 positions filled by women. The project began in 2015 and was completed at the end of 2019.

The interiors of the Leonardo are enhanced by the elegance and functionality of Silestone surfaces. Kitchen and bathroom worktops, as well as tabletops, have been crafted in various white and light Silestone shades throughout all 254 apartments. A variety of colors from Silestone’s Eternal series were also used throughout the restaurants, bars, nursery, and gym.

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