3 Buildings in Johannesburg, South Africa Every Fan of Modern Architecture Should See

Johannesburg, South Africa.
Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo by Clodagh Da Paixao on Unsplash

Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa, so it’s not a huge shocker to learn that it happens to be home to some of its most impressive buildings. Jozi is home to some of the tallest buildings on the African continent and here are three that you shouldn’t miss if you’re a fan of modern architecture.

Ponte Tower

Ponte Tower was built in 1975 and it remains the tallest residential skyscraper in Africa to this day, at a height of 173 meters. It’s best known for its cylindrical open center, known as “the core”, which allows additional sunlight to reach the inner apartments and gives this iconic building a dystopian look.

The Leonardo

The title of the tallest building in South Africa belongs to The Leonardo, at 234 meters. It opened its doors in 2019, and features a total of 55 floors, offering everything from a lavish hotel and fancy restaurants to street-level shops.

Carlton Centre

This 50-story skyscraper is one of Johannesburg’s top spots for passionate shopaholics because it’s home to one of the city’s most popular shopping centers with over 180 stores. It’s also worth the visit for the observation deck, offering stunning panoramic views from its 50th floor.