The Leonardo (Sandton)

The Leonardo is a 55-floor mixed-use property development in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa that stands at a height of 234 metres (768 ft), 11 metres (36 ft) taller than the third tallest building in Africa, the Carlton Centre.[1][2] The building is built at 75 Maude Street, approximately 100 metres from the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

The Leonardo
Alternative names75 on Maude
General information
LocationSandton, Johannesburg, South Africa
Coordinates26°06′13″S 28°03′34″E / 26.103733°S 28.059469°E / -26.103733; 28.059469
Groundbreaking17 November 2015
Construction started2015
CostR2 billion
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 is now officially the tallest building in Africa. The Iconic Tower in New Administrative Capital has already achieved a greater height (250 m in Oct 2020),[9] but does not count as a building until its completion.

Preceded by Tallest building in Africa
234 m

Succeeded by
Iconic Tower in Egypt
(under construction)

See alsoEdit


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  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.
  9. ^ TEAM, CCE NEWS (2020-10-27). "Egypt's Iconic Tower construction now at 250 meters (with photos)". CCE l ONLINE NEWS. Retrieved 2021-04-15.