Height, whether of a person or a building, is patently symbolic. Not only do some people consider height attractive, but it is also in many ways a symbol of power. A man who towers above another might imagine himself as having more leverage than a much shorter man.
In the same sense, a tall building might be a mirror of its owners and what they stand for. Its imposing height alone bears the allotropes of power. Now, imagine the tallest of the lot or a list of them.
People opt for tall buildings for their symbolism and for the power they convey and tall buildings will likely remain high fashion to the end of time. This post explores some of the tallest buildings in Africa. So tag along as we share with you the 10 Tallest African Buildings.
1. Iconic Tower
What’s in a name? We would readily say a lot, especially in reference to the Iconic Tower. This imposing structure lives up to its name in many respects. For one, it is indeed iconic, taking the title of the tallest African building out there with a structural height of exactly 393.8 metres. Now, that makes it over 100 metres taller than its competition, which we will dwell on in the next number – 2.
This impressive building is located in Egypt’s administrative capital, Cairo.
2. The Leonardo
Standing at an impressive height of 234mettres, The Leonardo stands as the second tallest building in Africa. Despite the images the name of the tower might throw up, it has nothing to do with Leonardo Da Vinci or even Leonardo Di Caprio. Neither owns the place, too.
The Leonardo is a plush edifice located in the wealthy South African suburb of Sandton. Of course, it also doesn’t come cheap. as a room a night could go for over R10k – depending on exactly where in there you are. The staff there are said to be friendly and professional – as should be expected.
3. The Carlton Centre
The Carlton Centre has nothing to do with Carleton University. The Carlton Centre is an iconic skyscraper located in the bustling city of Johannesburg, South Africa. Standing at a height of 223 meters, the Carlton Centre is the third tallest building in Africa.
Officially completed in 1973, the building houses multiple offices, retail spaces, and a hotel. Its observation deck offers stunning views of Johannesburg, making it a popular tourist destination. The Carlton Centre is an architectural marvel and a symbol of Johannesburg’s growth and development over the years.
4. The Britam Tower, Kenya
The Britam Tower in Nairobi, Kenya is an architectural masterpiece that captures the essence of modernity and sustainability. It stands at 200 meters tall, making it the tallest building in East and Central Africa.
The tower boasts energy-saving features, such as a natural ventilation system and solar panels, which makes it eco-friendly. It also has a unique design that reflects Kenya’s cultural heritage, making it a symbol of national pride. The Britam Tower is a testament to Kenya’s economic growth and innovation in the real estate industry.
5. The Ponte City Apartments, Johannesburg
Ponte City Apartments in Johannesburg is a towering structure that has become an iconic landmark in the city. The cylindrical structure stands at 54 stories tall and has a rich history that dates back to the apartheid era.
The building was designed to be a luxurious apartment complex for the wealthy but fell into disrepair during the 1990s. Today, Ponte City has been renovated and is home to a diverse community of residents. The building’s unique design and history make it a must-see attraction for tourists visiting Johannesburg and its environs.
6. The UAP Tower, Nairobi, Kenya
The UAP Tower in Nairobi, Kenya is a stunning skyscraper that stands tall at 163 meters, making it one of the tallest buildings in the city. The tower boasts of modern design and state-of-the-art facilities, including a helipad, fitness centre, and high-speed elevators. The building’s eco-friendly features, such as rainwater harvesting and energy-efficient lighting, make it a sustainable development. The UAP Tower is a symbol of Kenya’s economic progress and serves as a hub for businesses, offices, and luxury apartments.
7. NECOM House, Lagos
NECOM House is a towering skyscraper located in Lagos, Nigeria, and is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the city. The 32-story building, standing at a height of 160 meters, was built in 1979 and has since undergone multiple renovations to maintain its modernity.
NECOM House houses a mix of commercial and residential spaces, including offices, shops, and apartments. The building’s unique design, with its triangular shape and glass facade, and its prime location in the heart of Lagos make it a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.
8. PSPF Towers (Tower A), Dar es Salaam
PSPF Towers (Tower A) is a stunning high-rise building located in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The tower stands at 35 floors tall, offering breathtaking views of the cityscape below. The building is a mixed-use development, featuring modern offices, luxury apartments, and commercial spaces.
With its state-of-the-art facilities, such as high-speed elevators and ample parking space, PSPF Towers is a hub for businesses and professionals in the city. Tower A’s sleek design and prime location in the central business district make it a sought-after destination for investors and visitors alike.
9. PSPF Towers (Tower B), Dar es Salaam
After “A” comes “B” in the British alphabet. And so is the same for PSPF Towers. There is no “C” to “Z” though.
PSPF Towers (Tower B) is a contemporary high-rise building located in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The tower stands tall at 30 floors and is part of a mixed-use development that includes offices, residential apartments, and commercial spaces.
Tower B offers spacious and luxurious apartments with modern amenities, such as a swimming pool, gym, and rooftop terrace. The tower’s prime location in the central business district of Dar es Salaam makes it a popular choice for investors and professionals looking for convenient and comfortable living spaces.
10. Marble Towers, Johannesburg
Marble Towers is an impressive skyscraper in Johannesburg’s central business district and home to several businesses. Built in 1973, it stands 32 storeys tall and is one of the key attractions of Johannesburg city. It towers at exactly 152 metres.
From the foregoing, it might be seen that South Africa has the largest number of tallest buildings on the continent. That isn’t surprising given that it is also one of the most advanced countries on the continent despite its bloody racist past.
Also, in the intervening years. some of the buildings will likely lose their positions as investors and developers erect even taller buildings.