For a corporation or country to justify spending tens- or hundreds-of-millions of dollars on a building, the structure has to have the promise of bringing in tens- or hundreds-of-millions of dollars in business. Architectural firms are chosen for their ability to create spaces that will attract high-end and wealthy clientele looking to purchase luxury homes or spend the night in expensive accommodations. But not all the buildings listed here were built just for short-term reward. Some of the most expensive buildings in Africa were investments for the greater good, built to serve the public with education and African unity in mind.
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