African Architectural Beauties
Africa is home to some of the wonderful structures in the world, which were born out of some weird thinking of unconventional designers and builders.
These unusual structures are not only providing comfort and leaving users in awe but are also shaping the surrounding cities.
Here are a few of these African wonders:
Constructed by members of Bathurst’s agricultural community in the 1980s, the african building, which is made of metal and fibreglass, is three stories tall.
Farmers who had settled at the location of the building in the 18th century found it hard to grow crops successfully.
But the situation improved when they started planting pineapples, so locals decided to honour the fruit by constructing a building in its shape.
The inside of the building contains a museum dedicated to the fruit with a variety of pineapple products available for sale. Even though it is a carbon copy of a similar building in Australia, the Big Pineapple is taller by just over two feet and hence it has the title as the World’s Largest Pineapple.
Stacked in the heart of Lalibela town, a small village in northern Ethiopia africa previously known as Roha.
It is 11 spectacular medieval churches carved from a single volcanic rock.
The magnificent medieval structures have turned the mountain town into a major attraction site over the years for local and international visitors and pilgrims.
All the churches at the site are elaborately carved and are underground.
Also connected by tunnels and surrounded by rock-hewn trenches. These rock-hewn churches are a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1978.
The Shoe House
In 1990, an artist and hotelier, Ron Van Zyl built the Shoe House for his wife.
Situated in Ohrigstad, and nestled at the foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains, the about 8-chalet guest house contains a campsite, restaurant, a pool and a bar.
It also has a museum that showcases wood carvings of Van Zyl.
Centre International des Civilisations Bantu
Based in Libreville, Gabon, this centre was established as a cultural organization in 1983 under the initiative of the president of the state, Omar Bongo.
It is the world’s primary organization that studies the Bantu peoples. Lack of funding caused it to be abandoned in 1988. Rehabilitation was due in 2012
Also known as the Elf Tower, this office skyscraper in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo, is the tallest building in the Republic of Congo, as well as Central Africa.
At 106 metres with about 30 floors, Nabemba was designed by Jean Marie Legrand.
It houses various ministries and other organisations such as the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) and UNESCO.
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