Is the Leonardo is now the tallest building in South Africa?
Having surpassed the Michalengelo and the Sandton Office Tower, is the under construction now the tallest building in South Africa and Africa? A few weeks ago, there was a ‘55’ sign high up the Leonardo, which can be assumed to be a sign denoting reaching 55 floors.
A few days later the sign was removed and construction continued. When they Leonardo is completed, it will be the tallest building in Africa surpassing the Carlton Centre which has been Africa’s tallest building since 1973. Carlton Centre is a 222 metre building comprising of 50 floors in the heart of Johannesburg.
It’s anticipated that The Leonardo will have short lived stay as Africa’s tallest building as the “tallest ultramodern project Africa has seen”, Pinnacle Tower is currently under construction in Kenya. The Pinnacle is envisaged to comprise of 70 floors and rise to 314 m by 2021 and become Africa’ tallest building.
As construction comes to a hault due to the annual builders shut down, a closer look at the Leonardo shows the building is close to final height, though unconfirmed. With 55 floors, the building currently tops the category of a building with most floors on the African continent.
We look forward to seeing the completed building and how it changes the Sandton skyline and hoping to see many more tall buildings across the African continent.
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