Architect and Builder Magazine South Africa Dec 2017 / Jan 2018 - Page 43

Design Concept – Zeitz MOCAA The main challenge for the team was to convert the tightly packed concrete tubes into spaces suitable for displaying art whilst retaining the building’s industrial heritage. The question was asked: How to lure people into the building, which, unlike most landmark buildings, wasn’t going to be about creating an iconic exterior? Described as part deconstruction, part construction and part archaeology - rather than resorting to wholesale demolition and without completely destroying the authenticity of the original building, Heatherwick Studio developed a concept to make the building compelling from Zeitz Mocaa the inside by carving out an atrium, like a vaulted cathedral, to form the museum’s heart. Hewn from the building’s centre, it provides access to the 80 gallery floors that are organised around the central atrium and forms a major social space that reveals the original intersecting structural geometries in an unexpected way. The gallery spaces are white boxes that have been carefully placed within the retained concrete façade. The galleries span six floors and are accessed via lifts and the metal spiral staircase that was crane lifted into the tubes. Realising the concept of carved tubes was technically challenging. Taking inspiration from the billions of kernels of corn that historically filled 43