Skyscrapers of Africa

The next continent in the skyscraper series, is Africa.


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Map showing the skyscrapers of Africa.

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With only 14 skyscrapers, Africa has by far the lowest number of skyscrapers of any continent. South Africa has the largest number of skyscrapers in Africa (5), with 4 of them located in Johannesburg. Johannesburg is also the city with the largest number of skyscrapers in Africa.

Other countries that have more than one skyscraper, are Ethiopia and Tanzania.

The tallest building in Africa is the Great Mosque of Algiers Tower in Algiers, Algeria. With a height of 264 meters (866 ft). This building is a bit of an odd one. Towers of Mosques and churches usually don’t make it into the list, because they are not considered a building. However, the Great Mosque of Algiers Tower does meet the 50% occupiable criteria and can therefore be considered a building.

But what exactly defines a skyscraper, you might ask? A universal definition of a skyscraper does not exist. One of the most used definitions is a building with an architectural height of at least 150 metres. That same definition is used for this map.

The data for this map is gathered from CTBUH (Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat) and Emporis. In this map the definition from the CTBUH for buildings and architectural height is being applied.

Building: To be considered a building, at least 50 percent of its height must be occupiable. Telecommunications or observation towers that do not meet the 50 percent threshold are not eligible for inclusion on CTBUH’s “Tallest” lists. (Occupiable: this is intended to recognize conditioned space which is designed to be safely and legally occupied by residents, workers, or other building users on a consistent basis. It does not include service or mechanical areas which experience occasional maintenance access, etc.)

Architectural height: The architectural height measures from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the architectural top of the building, including spires, but not including antennae, signage, flag poles or other functional-technical equipment. This measurement is the most widely utilized.

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