How to turn a grain silo into a museum? The challenge was to take a listed building constructed in 1921, measuring some 57m in height and housing 42 concrete tubes, and turn it into a museum for contemporary African art.

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For architect Thomas Heatherwick, the solution was to create an atrium in eight of the tubes and use transparent materials to show the building in its best possible light. Some pieces of machinery has been retained.
A six-floor hotel has been developed above the silo’s storage units. The hotel opens its doors on spring 2017.

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The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa – Zeitz MOCAA occupies 9500 m² across nine floors, including 6000 m² of space set aside for exhibits. One whole floor is dedicated to educational activities. The Museum was inaugurated on September 22nd, 2017.

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The exhibits to be housed in the silo will ensure that the building, a prominent feature of the Cape Town skyline, is properly showcased and continues to contribute strongly to the city’s identity.

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More information: Heatherwick – Zeitz-mocaa (+ video)