These expensive and luxurious buildings look innovative on the exterior and the interior. Here is a brief overview of the top 10 most expensive buildings in Africa.
10) 88 on Field – $40 Million
This 25-story skyscraper is located in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It was built in 1985 and is 147 meters tall. Earlier it was known as Southern Life Building.
9) Hilton Taba Resort & Nelson Village – $41 Million
Located in Taba, South Sinai, Egypt, this 12-story building overlooks Jordan, Israel and Saudi Arabia. The Hilton Taba Resort and Nelson Village is located on the shores of Red Sea and has a private beach. Built by Israelis, in the late 1980s the building was reportedly bought by the Israeli government for $41 million and in 1989 it was handed over to the Egyptians for free.
8) Maison des Députés, Yamoussoukro – $50 Million
Seven-story low-rise building Maison des Deputes is located on Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast. This impressively hulking pink pyramid is surrounded by many acres of gardens and swimming pools.
7) Hilton Durban – $61 Million
Hilton Durban is located near the international convention center in Durban, South Africa. This expensive building has established itself as a landmark in the city.
6) Michelangelo Towers – $64 Million
This expensive hotel building is located in Sandton, South Africa. This elite hotel has accommodated celebrity guests like Oprah Winfrey, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber.
5) The Pearls of Umhlanga – $138 Million
Located in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, the Pearls of Umhlanga is a 31-floor Dubai-style luxury residential and retail project. It is located on the beachfront between the 5-star Beverley Hills Hotel and the Cabana Beach resort. The first of three phases to this project was sold out in six weeks, drawing investment of almost $34 million.
4) Portside Tower – $138 Million
The Portside Tower is the tallest building in Cape Town. This skyscraper is jointly owned by FirstRand Bank and Old Mutual. The construction work began in August 12 2011 and completed in 2014. It is designed to use low energy technology and is the first large building in the country to use almost exclusively LED lighting.
3) Corinthia Hotel Tripoli – $152 Million
This skyscraper is a 5-star hotel. Located in Tripoli, Libya, the Corinthia Hotel Tripoli (Corinthia Bab Africa Hotel) is located in the center of the city, near the central business district. It was opened in 2003 by the Shukri Ghanem, then prime minister of Libya. The hotel is run by the Maltese Corinthia Hotels International.
2) AU Conference Center and Office Complex – $200 Million
Located in Addis Ababa, this building is the headquarters of the African Union. Addis Ababa is the capital of Ethiopia. The main building is 99.9 meters tall. The construction costs were funded by the Chinese government. It is the tallest building in Addis Ababa.
1) Bibliotheca Alexandrina – $220 Million
Bibliotheca Alexandria is a major library and cultural center located in Alexandria, Egypt. It is on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. The library has shelf space for 8 million books. The main reading room covers 70,000 square meters on eleven cascading levels.