Valode&Pistre is preparing to break the ground on Africa’s tallest tower next June. More than doubling the height of Johannesburg’s 223m Carlton Centre, which has been the continent’s tallest building since 1973, the Al Noor Tower, which means Tower of Light, will most likely raise 540m on a 25-hectare site in the Moroccan city of Casablanca.
The program is designed catered for business, providing accommodations with a 200-suite luxury hotel, a trading platform, conference hall and large art gallery, as well as an astonishing 100m tall atrium that hollows the tower’s base.
Symbolic in nature, Al Noor Tower’s façade is designed as a pixilated representation of Africa’s 1000 languages, while its 114-floors reflect the amount of chapters found in the Quran. “The design of Al Noor Tower is elegant and gives the feeling of a wedding dress,” states the project’s website. “From the side the towers look like a fountain pen which is the tool that Sheikh Tarek is using to design the future. The height of the tower is 540m to remind us that Africa has 54 countries. Everyone in Africa will feel part of that tower.”
PROJECT: Al Noor Tower
LOCATION: Casablanca, Morocco