The Leonardo (Sandton)

The Leonardo is a 55-floor mixed-use property development in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa. The fourth tallest building in Africa and the tallest in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa, it stands at a height of 234 metres (768 ft).[1][2] The building is built at 75 Maude Street, approximately 100 metres from the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

The Leonardo
The Leonardo (centre) in 2020
Alternative names75 on Maude
Record height
Tallest in Africa from mid-April to 29 April 2019[I]
Preceded byCarlton Centre
Surpassed byGreat Mosque of Algiers Tower
General information
LocationSandton, Johannesburg, South Africa
Coordinates26°6′15.2″S 28°3′19.96″E / 26.104222°S 28.0555444°E / -26.104222; 28.0555444
Groundbreaking17 November 2015
Construction started2015
Completed2019; 5 years ago (2019)
CostR2 billion
OwnerLegacy Group
Roof234 metres (770 ft)
Technical details
Floor count55
Design and construction
Architect(s)Co-Arc International Architects
Main contractorAveng Grinaker-LTA

The development includes street level shops as well as an above ground podium, where a swimming pool, restaurant and several other facilities are located.[3] The facilities are open to public use, and can be booked through Legacy Hotels and Resorts.

It has been announced that the 2100 square metre, 3 floor penthouse apartment will go on the market for R 180 million, which, if sold, will make this the most expensive sectional title property ever sold in South Africa.[4] The entire structure cost R 2 billion and consists of 200 apartments and 11 floors of commercial office.[5][6]

The design has changed significantly since it was announced and was originally scheduled to be designed by AMA architect firm and be completed by 2010.[7][8]

On 17 November 2015, the Leonardo began construction. By late April 2018, the Leonardo was the tallest building in Sandton, exceeding the Sandton City Office tower which stands at 141 metres, and by mid April 2019, the Leonardo was topped out and was officially the tallest building in Africa until surpassed on 29 April 2019 by the Great Mosque of Algiers Tower in Algeria, standing at 264 metres (866 ft). The Leonardo is now the fourth tallest building on the continent following the completion in 2023 of both the Iconic Tower (393.8 metres (1,292 ft)) in Egypt's New Administrative Capital and the Mohammed VI Tower (250 metres (820 ft)) in Rabat, Morocco.


See also



  1. ^ "Legacy Living | Legacy Property for Rent or Sale". Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  2. ^ "Legacy Living | Legacy Property for Rent or Sale". Retrieved 2018-08-14.
  3. ^ "Legacy plans major Sandton development - Hotel Investment Conference Africa". Hotel Investment Conference Africa. Retrieved 2015-11-18.
  4. ^ "BusinessLIVE".
  5. ^ "APARTMENTS: SA's first R180m flat". Financial Mail. Retrieved 2015-11-18.
  6. ^ "Legacy Living | Legacy Property for Rent or Sale". Retrieved 2015-11-18.
  7. ^ "Home".
  8. ^ "75 Maude". Retrieved 2015-11-18.
Preceded by Tallest building in Africa
234 m (770 ft)

Mid-April 2019 – 29 April 2019
Succeeded by
Tallest building in South Africa
234 m (770 ft)

2019 – present
Tallest building in Johannesburg
234 m (770 ft)

2019 – present
Preceded by Building in Africa with the most floors

2019 – 2023
Succeeded by