While not necessarily the first place one would consider for tall buildings, Africa has undergone a building surge in many of its cities. Though there are fewer skyscrapers in Africa than in North America or other countries, quite a few of the major African cities feature city scapes just as unique and recognisable as New York City or New Orleans, LA. The current headliner of the tallest buildings in Africa is the Carlton Centre of Johannesburg, but there are several buildings being planned that would be taller, including Nairobi’s The One and Ghana’s HOPE City. Ghana’s HOPE City is actually meant to be a technology playground, creating jobs for over 50,000 people and tempting dozens of technology companies. It started construction this past June and is expected to take two to three years to finish the building. From now until 2018, it looks like there will be quite a few new sky climbing skyscrapers in Africa’s future. We’ve taken a look at the top ten tallest buildings as of 2013. Here goes the list
1. The Carlton Centre
The Carlton Centre is a 732 ft or 223 meter tall building in Johannesburg, South Africa. It has been the reigning champion of tallest buildings in Africa for 39 years to this point. With 50 floors, it is a formidable skyscraper and shopping center in South Africa. Though it has been the reigning champion, new construction currently threatens its ‘tallest building’ title.
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2. Hassan II Mosque
The Hassan II Mosque is located in Casablanca, Morocco. At 689 feet from ground to minaret was completed in 1993 and is the seventh largest mosque in the entire world. The minaret is 60 stories and is topped with a laser that faces Mecca.
3. Ponte City Apartments
Another building in Johannesburg, the Ponte City is a skyscraper that tops 567.6 feet tall. It is the tallest residential skyscraper in Africa. When it was initially built, it was an incredibly desirable address due to its fantastic views of Johannesburg. As is, it still features a very popular apartment complex with advertisements on the top floor’s walls.
4. Bahia Center
The Bahia Center is a 31-floor tower that features a shopping mall and hotel with 500 different rooms. It is located in Oran, Algeria and tops 530 feet, making it the fourth tallest building in Africa.