Tower in Casablanca to be tallest in Africa

Dubai-based developers Middle East Development plan to build Africa’s tallest skyscraper in Casablanca, Morocco. The 114-floor Al Noor Tower would measure 540 metres — the final height is meant to act as a tribute to the 54 countries that make up the African continent. The mixed-use building would house a seven-star luxury hotel, art gallery, spa, fine-dining restaurants and luxury boutiques, alongside an exhibition centre and offices. Valode & Pistre, the architects for the project, say its sweeping design has been inspired by the feel of a wedding dress and that its elongated form resembles the nib of a fountain pen when viewed from the side. The building’s facade will be imprinted with references to the 1,000 languages and dialects spoken in Africa to ensure that everyone in the continent will feel part of the tower. The work on the tower is likely to commence by June 2015.

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