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.
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.
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
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.
Further, Chuanhui has
allocated 2,600 sq m for an exhibition hall and ballroom. Occupying
27,000 sq m, the ground floors and basement have been earmarked for
retail. A public library will occupy another 1,500 sq m. There will be
underground parking for 1,100 vehicles, and 10,000 sq m of the site is
reserved for green space.
If completed, the tower would be renamed
the Meles Zenawi International Centre to honor the memory of former
Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.
The tower project is one of
several projects Chuanhui has planned through its Sino-Ethiopian
Chuanhui Investment Holding Group. One project is to establish the
so-called Chuanhui Industry Zone, which aspires to be the largest cement
production zone in Ethiopia. Another project is to build a large
automotive and maintenance center, and yet another is to create a
diesel-generator supply-maintenance center jointly with the Guangdong
Chuanhui Group and the Shangdong Zibo Diesel Generator Corp.
Chuanhui, Science and Technology Development Group Co. Ltd., referred
to as the Chuanhui Group, was founded in 1989. It is one of the
Guangdong Province’s earliest private group companies.