Architect and Builder Magazine South Africa Dec 2017 / Jan 2018 - Page 22

PROJECT FEATURE NO 3 SILO & NO 4 SILO NO 3 SILO & NO 4 SILO V&A Waterfront, Cape Town CLIENT & DEVELOPER V&A Waterfront ARCHITECTS VDMMA (Van Der Merwe Miszewski Architects) Makeka Design Lab PROJECT MANAGER Mace QUANTITY SURVEYOR MLC Quantity Surveyors STRUCTURAL ENGINEER Sutherland MECHANICAL, WET SERVICES & ELECTRICAL ENGINEERS Aurecon FAÇADE ENGINEER/SUSTAINABILITY ARUP INTERIOR DESIGNER Source D eveloped by the V&A Waterfront (V&A), the Silo District masterplan proposed a ring of buildings around the existing Grain Silo, opening up to the working harbour to the west and east and establishing circulation routes to the City, the Harbour and the Waterfront itself. The development of the district began with No 1 Silo and No 2 Silo. These both face outwards, towards the Waterfront and Harbour, and inwards, presenting their public faces towards the Grain Silo. This inner façade follows the circular form of the masterplan diagram, and a guide height established from to top level of historical Grain Silo bins. Nos 1 and 2 were completed in 2013. Designed by Architects VDMMA and Makeka Design Lab, No. 3 and 4 Silos were developed from this district diagram, but broke from the rigidity of the circle that was established in the first phase. It soon became clear that the area to the South of the Gain Silo, not being commercial, needed to be more varied and fragmented to suit the varied uses envisaged. This also led to a variation in the heights of various elements of the buildings, determined by their uses and their positions in the composition, and adding interest to the composition as a whole. The tallest portion marks the outer corner of the District, whilst the shortest, No. 4 Silo, provides an appropriate scale to the pedestrian realm within. LANDSCAPE DESIGN Planning Partners ACOUSTIC CONSULTANT: SRL INDEPENDENT COMMISSIONING AGENT Matrix Consulting Services PRINCIPAL CONTRACTOR WBHO PHOTOGRAPHY Peter Hassall Photography Courtesy of Virgin Active Designed by Architects VDMMA and Makeka Design Lab, No. 3 and 4 Silos were developed from this district diagram, but broke from the rigidity of the circle that was established in the first phase. 22 No 3 & 4 Silos