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Heatherwick Studio’s conversion of a harbourside grain silo in Cape Town is now complete as the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art of Africa prepares to open its doors
Heatherwick Studio’s brief was to reinvent a historic Grain Silo at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa as a not-for-profit cultural institution housing the most significant collection of contemporary art from Africa.
The extraordinary physical facts of the building obviously posed a challenge. There is no large open space within the 42 densely packed tubes that once stored grain within the silo and it is not possible to experience these volumes from inside. Rather than strip out the evidence of the building’s industrial heritage, the architects wanted to find a way to celebrate it.
Heatherwick Studio have converted the tube-forest inside the silo into a cathedral-like atrium leading to more than a hundred galleries. The glass building offers a breathtaking view of the city and its waterfront in a context of rehabilitation of the centre.
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