Most Expensive Buildings in Africa; Top Ten

After decades of disappointing performance, African economic growth began to accelerate around the turn of the century. Although economic growth has since moderated, due primarily to the exposure of African countries to external factors, the continent can boast of ultra-modern facilities that can comfortably compete with structures in other parts of the world in beauty and cost.

Listed below are 10 most expensive buildings that portray the growing wealth and fortune of the continent.

10. Department of Taxes and Attorney General’s Chambers – Gaborone, Botswana
Owner: Government of Botswana
Cost: $30 Million

This edifice that took 7years and $42 million to complete is currently the tallest building in Botswana with the height of 176.77ft (53.88m). The department of Taxes and Attorney General’s Chamber Building is located in the Government Enclave on Nelson Mandela drive Gaborone.

The building is 47metres high with 13 floors above the ground and 2 floors below, giving a total of 15 floors. It is a very fine and beautiful outfit and also expensive.

9. Maison Des Deputes – Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast
Cost: $50 Million

Maison des deputes is a 7-storey building. With an overhead cost of $50 Million used to build, the building has a unique interior that complements its value and speaks more about the building than the building exterior.

  1. Hilton Durban – Durban, South Africa
    Architect: FGG Architects Incorporated White Arkitekter AB
    Cost: $61 Million

Hilton Durban situated next to the Durban International Convention Centre is a five-star landmark in Durban which offers deluxe accommodation. All guest rooms offer luxury amenities and easy access to Durban’s beaches and central business district. It features a lot of the most expensive furniture and fixtures which characterize modern architectural buildings. The building is a modern pile foundation high-rise building 76 metres high consisting of 21 floors with19 above the ground and 2 below.

  1. Michelangelo Towers – Johannesburg, South Africa
    Architect: Bental Abrahamson and Partners
    Cost: $64 Millions

The Michelangelo Towers is one of five Legacy Developments that is in the heart of the Richest Square Mile. The building offers 242 suites and rooms – with amenities, as well as world-class facilities in a stylish and elegant setting.

The Towers linked directly to Sandton Convention Centre caters business and lifestyle experience. It is South Africa’s elite hotels, having accommodated guests such as Mariah Carey, Oprah Winfrey, Gayle King, J-cole, Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Barack Obama etc. It comprises of 34 floors which gave it an intimidating height of 140 metres

  1. West Hills Mall – Accra, Ghana
    Owners: Delico Property Developments, Social Security and National Insurance Trust
    Cost: $93 Million


West Hills Mall is located at Dukonah, near Weija, along with the Accra – Cape coast highway in the Greater region of Ghana. The 23-acre West Hill Mall which was constructed by South-African real estate contractors, accommodates 67 local shops, 65 line shops from Ghana and around the world, international shops and two major tenants, Shoprite and Palace Supermarket. It is currently the most expensive shopping mall in West Africa.

  1. The Pearls of Umhlanga – KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
    Owners: Global Property Investments, VVE Property Development, Wakefields Devco
    Cost: $138 Million

The Umhlanga Peals is an artistic & structural masterpiece. It is a luxury self-catering apartment located on Umhlanga’s golden coast. Located at 6 lagoon Drive, Umhlanga 4319 in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, on the beach front between the 5-star Beverley Hills Hotel and the Cabana Beach resort. The Umhlanga Peals with all its extravagance is an artistic and structural masterpiece.

  1. Portside Tower – Cape Town, South Africa
    Owners: Old Mutual Investment Group Property Investments and FirstRand Bank Ltd
    Cost: $138 Million

This Magnificent 139 metre spectacular skyscraper is located at Buitengracht Street, Hans Strijdom Avenue, Cape Town, South Africa. This building that took about 13 years to complete is the city’s tallest building and as well as Cape Town’s first significant skyscraper developed in the central business district (CBD). It comprises 32 floors and has an accommodation capacity for 3000 people. It is also unique for its azure glass covering.

  1. Corinthia Bab Africa Hotel – Tripoli, Libya
    Owner: Shukri Ghanem
    Cost: $152 Million

Number three on our list is the Corinthia Hotel Tripoli, originally known as the Corinthia Bab Africa Hotel. The structure is a five-star skyscraper hotel in Tripoli, Libya, located in the city centre near the central business district. It is considered the most expensive luxury hotel in Africa.

  1. African Union Conference Centre and Office Complex – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    Owner: Africa Union (AU)
    Cost: $200 Million

The AU Conference Centre and Office Complex is a building in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Ranking number 2 on the list of the most expensive building in Africa, the headquarters of the African Union is 99.9 metres tall comprising 20 floors, making it the tallest building in Addis Ababa. The project was sponsored by the Chinese government as a means of promoting international relations between the two countries.

  1. Bibliotheca Alexandrina – Alexandria Eygpt
    Owner: Egyptian Ministry of Education
    Cost: $220 Million

Ranking number one is the most Expensive building in Africa and the largest library in the world is Bibliotheca Alexandrina. This magnificent architectural edifice with eleven cascading levels is located along the coasts of the Mediterranean Sea in Alexandria, Egypt. The library also contains other cultural and educational functions including a planetarium, several museums, a school for information science and conservation facilities.

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