Africa’s tallest skyscraper – Sandton’s “The Leonardo” – will have absorbed more than 8.7 million kilograms of steel by completion. Although it’s more metal than in the Eiffel Tower, you won’t see any of it as the concrete and masonry structure is what is exposed.
The R3 billion skyscraper towering over Sandton Central can be seen for miles and will be some 230 metres tall. This will see the Leonardo pipping the height of the Carlton Centre in Johannesburg’s CBD as the tallest building on the continent. “We only made the decision to go beyond 50 floors in September 2018,” Legacy CEO Bart Dorrestein told Moneyweb this week. “We’ve said nothing and chose to let the structure do the ‘talking’… The Leonardo is a beacon of hope and belief in the future of SA amid challenging times.”
The Leonardo was deliberately designed to be labour intensive, says Co-Arc International Architects, the firm behind The Leonardo. It says that between 18 000 and 20 000 people found employment working on The Leonardo.
Upon completion, it will have 55 floors and will tower 233 meters above street-level. The Carlton Centre – Africa’s tallest building since 1973 – has 50 floors and stands 223 metres tall.
The Leonardo will integrate into the neighbourhood with 200 apartments that’ll transform Maude Street from a financial centre into a “lifestyle destination”.
The penthouse occupying the top three floors has an asking price of R250 million which, if achieved, will be a record for a sectional title property in South Africa, according to Financial Mail. Prices for the other apartments range from R4.2 million to R65 million.
The Leonardo – with its 55th-floor sky deck – is accessible to anybody.