Some cities in Africa house expensive buildings. These buildings look innovative both on the exterior and the interior. Here is a brief overview of the top 10 most expensive buildings in Africa.
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1. 88 on Field – US $40 Million
This 25-story skyscraper is found in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Built in 1985, the building also stands 147 meters tall.
2. Hilton Taba Resort & Nelson Village – US $41 Million
The Hilton Taba Resort and Nelson Village is located on the shores of the Red Sea. The resort also has a private beach. Built in the late 1980s, the Israeli government bought it for $41 million and handed it over to the Egyptians for free in 1989.
3. Maison des Députés, Yamoussoukro – US $50 Million
The 7-story low-rise building Maison des Deputes is located in Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast. Around the pink pyramid building are acres of gardens as well as swimming pools.
4. Hilton Durban – US $61 Million
Hilton Durban stands near the International Convention Centre in Durban, South Africa. This expensive building has further established itself as a landmark in the city.
The building has a total of 16 floors, making it a mid-rise structure. While the Hilton Durban is not as tall as some of the skyscrapers in Durban, it still stands out as a notable landmark in the city.
5. Michelangelo Towers – US $64 Million
The towers stand 146m above ground in Sandton South Africa. The towers took approximately 2 years to reach completion. It also ranks third among the tallest buildings in South Africa.
The architecture is sleek and modern, featuring a combination of glass, steel, and concrete. The interior design of the towers is opulent and sophisticated, with a focus on luxury and comfort.
6. The Pearls of Umhlanga –US $138 Million
Located in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, the Pearls of Umhlanga is a 31-floor Dubai-style luxury residential and retail project. Additionally, the first of three phases of this project sold out in six weeks. This drew in an investment of almost $34 million.
The Pearls of Umhlanga consists of multiple residential towers that house a range of apartments and penthouses. These units are designed to offer upscale living spaces with modern amenities and stunning views of the Indian Ocean.
7. Portside Tower – US $138 Million
The Portside Tower is the tallest building in Cape Town. The tower is probably one of the first of its kind to have the least amount of energy consumption. It is also the first large building in the country to use almost exclusively LED lighting.
8. Corinthia Hotel Tripoli – US $152 Million
Based in Tripoli, Libya, the Corinthia Hotel Tripoli stands at the centre of the city. The Maltese Corinthia Hotels International run the hotel. It is the third most expensive building in Africa.
9. AU Conference Center and Office Complex – US $200 Million
Located in Addis Ababa, this building is the 2nd most expensive building in Africa and headquarters of the African Union. The main building is 99.9 meters tall. It is also the tallest building in Addis Ababa.
10. Bibliotheca Alexandrina – US $220 Million
Bibliotheca Alexandria is arguably the most expensive building in Africa. The building serves as a major library and cultural centre. Its design resembles a great sundial and it has shelf space for 8 million books.