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CLAD News The design team had to give new life to the waterfront complex

Heatherwick Studio transform Cape Town grain silo into art museum


eatherwick Studio’s latest

as its backdrop. The galleries and

completed building,

the atrium space at the centre of

ten-storey high tubular honeycomb

the Zeitz Museum of

the museum have been carved from

without completely destroying the

Contemporary Art Africa

the silos’ dense cellular structure of

authenticity of the original building.

(Zeitz MOCAA) has been unveiled

forty-two connected tubes. There are

“The result was a design and

on Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront.

6,000sq m (64,500sq ft) of exhibition

construction process that was as

The museum – the largest in the

The idea of turning a giant disused grain silo made from 116 vertical tubes into a new kind of public space was weird and compelling Thomas Heatherwick


out spaces and galleries from the

space across 80 galleries, plus a roof-

much about inventing new forms of

world dedicated to contemporary

top sculpture garden, conservation

surveying, structural support and

art from Africa and its diaspora – is

areas, a bookshop, reading rooms

sculpting, as it was about normal

housed in 9,500sq m (102,000sq ft)

and a bar and restaurant.

construction techniques.”

of custom-designed space, created within the city’s monumental, historic Grain Silo building. The design team were tasked

“We were excited by the

The R500m (US$40.3m,

opportunity to unlock this formerly

€33.8m, £30m) project has been

dead structure and transform it into

largely funded by South African

somewhere for people to see and

philanthropist Jochen Zeitz.

with giving new life to the iconic

enjoy the most incredible artworks

structure, which had been disused

from the continent of Africa,” said

Hospitality group The Royal Portfolio are operating a luxury

since 1990 and is located on the

Thomas Heatherwick, founder of

hotel which occupies the six storeys

edge of a historic working harbour,

Heatherwick Studio. “The technical

above the museum – a space which

with the famous Table Mountain

challenge was to find a way to carve

formerly housed the grain elevator.

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