THE Leonardo, tallest building in Africa has officially opened its doors. Project developers Nedbank Property Partners and Legacy Group said that the building is ready for occupation. The Leonardo, is a 55-floor mixed-use property development which stands at 234 metres (768 ft.) tall on a 3,200 square metres piece of land. It is located on 75 Maude Street, about 100 meters from the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in Sandton, South Africa.
The development includes two levels of public areas off the street linked by an escalator to an interactive lobby space which will be home to the reception area for the 230 apartments, which rise up to the 41st level, penthouse suites with their own gardens and 7500 meters squad of sectional title offices.
The building also features a landscaped garden, restaurants, a bar, a crèche, a gym and a spa which will be linked by shuttle lifts directly into the parking garage. Legacy development already bought 10 floors in the building where they plan to establish a luxury hotel in the future. Above the development floors, there are eight penthouses and the Leonardo suite, reaching from the 49th to the 55th levels.
In addition, the building has 1,900 square metres under-roof living space and 1,300 square metres of outdoor patios and gardens, with a 20-metre lap pool and gym area. Leonardo’s architectural design is a brainchild of South Africa’s Co-Arc International Architects and Grinaker-LTA was the contractor.
The building was last year declared by a US-based news corporation as ‘one of the most anticipated buildings on the world in 2019’ alongside other exclusive projects like the world’s largest underwater restaurant in Norway dubbed Under and Beijing’s new Daxing airport. The skyscraper has replaced South Africa’s tallest building the Carlton Centre, a 50-storey building about 223 meters tall, in downtown Johannesburg.