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Around Africa in 6 buildings

Six architectural and design wonders of Africa

By Gugu Mkhabela | May 25, 2018 | Category Design

We have compiled a list of six architectural and design wonders on the African continent. These are some of the most beautiful and interesting buildings in the world, according to H&G of course.


Majorelle Garden, Marrakech, Morocco

This majestic garden of exotic plants and colourful house was built in the early 1930s. It’s a building that was originally owned by French orientalistpainter Jacques Majorelle, who had an architect build him a studio in an art deco-Islamic style. This living work of art was officially launched to the public in the late 1940s. The garden was abandoned for more than 20 years after Majorelle’s death. Renowned fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé, acquired the property in 1980 and brought it back to life.


Image: Adam Letch


Bosjes Chapel, Wellington, Western Cape

In the beginning was the word…this bible-verse inspired building has snagged a couple of awards since it launched in March 2017. It’s pearly white swan-like shape just gives us life. We love the fact that it is a house of worship and that it was created by South African born architect Coetzee Steyn of Steyn Studios.


Image: Paragon group


Alice Lane Towers, Sandton, Johannesburg

This absolutely unique building of concrete, glass, and aluminum was completed in 2010. It was designed by Paragon Architects and is considered a progressive design for its low energy glass twin towers and for its use of glass technology, which was a first in South Africa.



Image: Edmund Sumner


Sacred Heart Cathedral, Kenya

Another place of worship made it on our list, the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Kericho, west of Nairobi. The cathedral boasts a sensational vaulted roof that was built with clay tiles and contains finger-joined cypress-timber slats.


Image: Dotun

National Arts Theatre, Nigeria

The stylish architecture of this building is second to none, with its exterior shaped like a military hat. The theatre was built during the military regime of Olusegun Obasanjo and has a 5 000 seater hall, a collapsible stage and two cinema halls.


Image: Bauzeitgest


Memorial of Martyrs Ougdougou Burkino Faso

This building is also known as the Monument to National Heroes. According to various reports, it was initiated by the President of Burkina Faso from 1987, Thomas Sankara to commemorate those killed during the revolution and the revolution that brought him to power.


Feature image: Banana Journey


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