Ethiopia’s capital city, Addis Ababa, may boast Africa’s tallest building by 2017. While a 58-story building had been announced, plans unveiled by a private Chinese developer now call for a 99-story office-hotel tower. Guangdong Chuanhui Group has not revealed the building's estimated cost or other details, including financial arrangements or the names of the architect and engineer.
The site for the Chuanhui International Tower is at the new Addis Ababa Exhibition Centre. The developer says it has acquired the 41,000 sq meter site and the building plans have been approved.
If built, it would supersede by 225 m Africa’s current tallest tower: the 50-story Carlton Centre in Johannesburg.
With a population of about 2.8 million, Addis Ababa is the country's commercial and industrial center, according to the website of the Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations. Further, the capital is the seat of the African Union (AU) and the United Nations' Economic Commission for Africa and hosts more than 92 embassies and consulates. Several other international organizations also have headquarters or branch offices there.
Skyscraperpage.com lists 17 buildings taller than 12 stories in Addis Ababa; the previous tallest building identified by the site is the proposed 52-story Commercial Bank of Ethiopia headquarters, designed by Henn Architekten, Universal Consultants.
Other tall buildings under construction include the 22-story KK Tower, whose architect has not been identified, and the 14-story African Union Grand Hotel, whose architect is Simon Barakat Architects. Both projects started construction in 2011 and are expected to be completed this year.
While floors three to 55 of the proposed supertower are designed for offices, floors 78 to 94 have been set aside for a 217-room Regency Hotel, according to a statement by Chuanhui, Guangdong Province, China.