Architect and Builder Magazine South Africa Dec 2017 / Jan 2018 - Page 50

Construction WBHO, the firm responsible for the construction work on the Zeitz MOCAA and Silo Hotel, was proud to be a part of the opening in September 2017. The brainchild of Thomas Heatherwick, it was he who had WBHO on their toes constantly during the development stages of the atrium space as no curve was ever smooth enough as he had the team running their hands over the concrete surface to find bumps after they had impossibly polished the surface to a glass like sheen. 50 The construction of this project was definitely a first of its kind for WBHO, if not in the world and as a result definitely came with its challenges. Just when you thought you had resolved one challenge on the contract another would rear its head and there was no ‘phone a friend option’. The team had to figure it out themselves through a process of collective thinking - the polishing of the scallops being the biggest challenge of them all. To put it into perspective, 13.6km of concrete had to be cut and 7,100m 3 Zeitz Mocaa