These strange buildings which are found in Africa are really amazing to watch and will definitely live your mouth wide opened. I know most of us have seen the most beautiful, tallest, shortest and ugly buildings in Africa but have you ever seen the most strange buildings in African continent before? I guess you said no. Well, we have passed through the ups and downs of every corner and have come out with a list of outlandish and wondrous buildings on the African continent and is really interesting to see these buildings.
#1. THE BIG PINEAPPLE – BATHURST, EASTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA
The Big Pineapple building is one of the lovely buildings you can find on the African continent and it is located in South Africa, Eastern Cape to be precise. The beautiful fruit structured building is measured 16.7 meters tall and it was built in honor of the pineapple fruit for its important role in the region’s agricultural economy.
One might think this pineapple building is located in Australia, yes! one is in Australia. The one in South Africa is a replica of the Australian one. The Big Pineapple Building in South Africa has an auditorium which telecast the video of the pineapple industry for visitors and a watching floor which beautifully portrays the view of the surroundings.
The Kagga Kamma building is an Iconic hotel in Cederberg, South Africa. It contains rooms which are built to blend with the natural environment, merge seamlessly to the rocks.
The natural appearance of the building is really astonishing and will completely bury you into nature with its structures. Although the buildings are not real cave rooms but will give you a lovely fantasy.
#3. LALIBELA – ETHIOPIA
Lalibela is a wide structured temple area which contains 11 churches. It is clearly seen that the building is a freaky one but what makes it strange is that they are hewn straight into the rocks of Lalibela rather than it been on top of the ground.
The Rock-Hewn Churches were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. They are unique and extraordinary in the world.
#4. ALICE LANE TOWERS – JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
The Alice Lane Towers were constructed during the economic crunch in South Africa about a decade ago. They are symbolic of South Africa’s progression in terms of exploring new architectural forms within corporate South African architecture.
It has set the benchmark by being the first high rise building with a curved facade and also boasts being the first building in South Africa to utilize a completely glazed facade, made from low energy glass, as well as glass printing technology made newly available in South Africa. The towers are placed on top of a six story parking basement structure, with the actual towers rising seventeen stories high into the sky.
#5. THE SHOE – OHRIGSTAD, SOUTH AFRICA
The Shoe which is located in Ohrigstad, South Africa is another strange building in Africa. It is a small shoe type structured building considered as a museum which displays wood carved items from artist Ron Van Zyl.
The area is a reserved with guest house, restaurant, pool, bar, and campsite for visitors.
#6. NABEMBA TOWER – BRAZZAVILLE, CONGO
The Nabemba Tower, also known as Elf Tower, is an office skyscraper in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo, located directly on the Congo River in the south of the city. The building is measured 186 meters with 50 floors, it is the tallest building in the Republic of the Congo.
The tower was designed by Jean Marie Legrand during the government’s five-year plan and was built between 1983 and 1986. It is named after Mont Nabemba, the highest mountain in the country.
#7. BASILICA OF OUR LADY OF PEACE – YAMOUSSOUKRO, COTE D’IVOIRE
The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace is a Catholic minor basilica dedicated to Our Lady of Peace in Yamoussoukro, the capital of Côte d’Ivoire. The designs of the dome and encircled plaza are clearly inspired by the Basilica of Saint Peter in Vatican City, although it is not an outright replica. It can accommodate 18,000 worshippers.
The basilica was constructed between 1985 and 1989 by Dumez, the French construction company. Guinness World Records lists it as the largest “church” in the world, having surpassed the previous record holder, St. Peter’s Basilica, upon completion. It has an area of 30,000 square meters (320,000 sq ft) and is 158 meters (518 ft) high.
#8. CENTRE INTERNATIONAL DES CIVILIZATIONS BANTU(CICIBA) – LIBREVILLE, GABON
The Centre International des Civilisations Bantu (CICIBA) is a cultural organization based in Libreville, Gabon. Established at the initiative of Gabonese president Omar Bongo on January 8, 1983.
It is the world’s primary organization dedicated to the study of the Bantu peoples. In 2012, it was announced that the center would be rehabilitated after its abandonment in 1988 for lack of funding.
#9. GREAT MOSQUE OF DJENNE – DJENNE, MOPTI, MALI
The Great Mosque of Djenné is a large Banco or adobe building that is considered by many architects to be one of the greatest achievements of the Sudano-Sahelian architectural style. The first mosque on the site was built in the 13th century, but the current structure dates from 1907.
The mosque is located in the city of Djenné, Mali, on the flood plain of the Bani River. It has been the center of the community of Djenné, it is one of the most famous landmarks in Africa. Along with the “Old Towns of Djenné,” it was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988.
#10. BCEAO TOWER – BAMAKO, MALI
BCEAO Tower in Bamako, Mali is the tallest building in the West African with 20 stories in it. It is the Malian headquarters of the Central Bank of the West African States, which provides development banking and government financial and currency services in several Francophone West African nations.
The tower is modeled on the Sudano-Sahelian architecture of the famous Mosques of Djennéand Timbuktu. The building, dull orange in color, matches the traditional Banco architecture of West Africa, as well as that of the soil in the surrounding area. Its tapered shape resembles a termite hill from a distance and its distinctive “horns” on the building’s top, and its deeply incised, vertically variegated facade are typical decorative elements of Sahelian architecture.
#11. ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL IN ABIDJAN – COTE D’IVOIRE
St Paul’s Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral located in the city of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The first stone of the cathedral was consecrated on May 11, 1980, by Pope John Paul II during his first pastoral visit to Côte d’Ivoire.
The cathedral, which was designed by architect Aldo Spirito, serves as the mother church for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Abidjan, it is reputedly the second largest church on the African continent (as of 2002), and one of the largest cathedrals in the world, estimated at $12 million. It was built to meet the specific aspirations of the ethnic people of Côte d’Ivoire.