Architect and Builder Magazine South Africa Dec 2017 / Jan 2018 - Page 42

Project Overview After the Grain Silo was decommissioned, its owners, the V & A Waterfront, approached London based architects, Heatherwick Studio, to develop ideas for adapting the Silo and its site. Although the Waterfront was already a vibrant area, it lacked a major cultural institution on the site. In the past few decades there have been a number of examples of contemporary art museums as a mode of urban and social development, such as Bilbao Guggenheim and the Tate Modern. However, globally there were clearly a lack of museums focusing on contemporary art works of African artists. At the same time as the Waterfront 42 was developing their plans for a new major cultural institution in the Silo, the Zeitz Foundation was seeking a new permanent home for their collection of contemporary art from Africa and it’s diaspora. The two programmes coincided, and it was decided that the Grain Silo would be transformed into a new museum for contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora. The final design is a museum of nearly 10,000m 2 including 6,000m 2 of exhibition space that makes up 80 galleries dedicated to promoting contemporary art from Africa. The structure also includes a rooftop sculpture garden, education centre, conservation labs, a bookshop, restaurant, and bar as well as the Silo Hotel. Zeitz Mocaa