Throughout the history of architecture, there has been a continual quest for height. Thousands of workers toiled on the pyramids of ancient Egypt, the cathedrals of Europe and countless other towers, all striving to create something awe-inspiring. People build tall buildings primarily because they are convenient – you can create a lot of real estate out of a relatively small ground area.
But ego and grandeur do sometimes play a significant role in the scope of the construction, just as it did in earlier civilizations. Up until relatively recently, we could only go so high. After a certain point, it just wasn’t feasible to keep building up. In the late 1800s, new technology redefined these limits. Suddenly, it was possible to live and work in colossal towers, hundreds of feet above the ground.
Here are the top 20 tallest buildings in Africa.
|1.||Iconic Tower||Egypt||393.8 m (1,292 ft)|
|2.||Mohammed VI Tower||Morocco||250 m (820 ft)|
|3.||The Leonardo||South Africa||234 m (768 ft)|
|4.||Carlton Centre||South Africa||223 m (732 ft)|
|5.||Commercial Bank of Ethiopia Headquarters||Ethiopia||209.3 m (687 ft)|
|6.||Britam Tower||Kenya||200.1 m (656 ft)|
|7.||Nairobi Global Trade Centre Office Tower||Kenya||184 m (604 ft)|
|8.||Ponte City Apartments||South Africa||172.8 m (567 ft)|
|9.||New Administrative Capital Building C04||Egypt||170 m (560 ft)|
|10.||UAP Tower||Kenya||163 m (535 ft)|
|11.||NECOM House||Nigeria||160.3 m (526 ft)|
|12.||New Administrative Capital Building C11||Egypt||160 m (520 ft)|
|13.||New Administrative Capital Building C12||Egypt||160 m (520 ft)|
|14.||Basilica of Our Lady of Peace Yamoussoukro||Ivory Coast||158 m (518 ft)|
|15.||Tanzania Ports Authority HQ||Tanzania||157 m (515 ft)|
|16.||New Administrative Capital Building C08||Egypt||155 m (509 ft)|
|17.||New Administrative Capital Building C07||Egypt||155 m (509 ft)|
|18.||PSPF Towers – Tower A||Tanzania||152.7 m (501 ft)|
|19.||PSPF Towers – Tower B||Tanzania||152.7 m (501 ft)|
|20.||Marble Towers||South Africa||152.1 m (499 ft)|