Zeitz museum of contemporary art africa and the Silo hotel
A focal point for emerging art
A grain silo in Cape Town harbour is becoming a focal point for art emerging from the African continent. The designers from the renowned Heatherwick Studio were behind the radical conversion.
The silo area is a major development prohject that has gradually given the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront a new look in recent years. At the heart of the area is silo number 5. Once South Africa's largest building, grain was stored here until 1990. In mid- September 2017, this was the site for the public unveiling of what is currently the most comprehensive collection of artwork from Africa and African diaspora.
Heavy machinery was required in order to carry out the conversion. Several of the 42 compactly arranged tube chambers - each measuring 6 metres in diameter - were carved out to form an imposing hollow space that now serves as an atrium. Other chambers were removed in order to gain additional space. This and other measures resulted in a floor space of 9,500m², around two-thirds of which is reserved for the 80 exhibition rooms spread over nine levels.
The perfect solution
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