Africa’s Tallest Building Draws Mixed Reviews

Tshwane africas tallest building

Architectural concept images have been released of what is slated to be Africa’s tallest building.

The design, released by Johannesburg architectural firm @126, is expected to be located in Tshwane, South Africa, and will become a part of the commonly known Centurion Symbio-City.

The design boasts 110 storeys and will span 447 metres. It is planned as a mixed-use facility, harbouring residential, office, retail and hotel space. The concept images show that the central focus tower, which has wind turbines embedded into its structure, will have a façade that is characterised by its multi-layered structure. This central structure is bordered by the two smaller towers, which are 336 metres and 210 metres tall.

The renderings suggest further development plans that could include a monorail system and urban landscaping design, turning what could have been a singular skyscraper cluster into a pseudo-precinct development.

Tshwane terrace garden

Local residents, however, fear the development will become too large in scale for nearby commercial areas.

“Businesses around the Centurion lakeside mall, where (the project) is expected to be built, said Centurion was going through an economic slump and would not be able to handle the influx of a project of this nature could bring,” says the local IOL News.

However, the local mayor has backed the plans, saying they will both reflect and enhance the areas current culture and lifestyle.

“The development is a reflection of the range of economic opportunities, cultural experiences, safety and a quality physical environment that Tshwane offers,” says Mayor Kgosientso “Sputla” Ramokgopa. “The availability of a variety of effective and efficiently provided public services, as well as affordable and green commuting options and amenities are all important factors in creating a high quality living experience.”

Tshwane water body

The mayor has also reassured locals that instead of adding strain to the area, the development will stimulate economic growth and generate jobs.

“The construction of this development will also assist towards job creation, by generating in excess of 10,000 jobs during construction and in excess of 4,000 sustainable jobs post-construction,” says Ramokgopa.

The project is expected to be completed by 2018.

By Emily D’Alterio
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