The V&A Waterfront’s Silo District: world-class innovation

Built in 1921, the Grain Silo complex at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront is set to become a hive of activity for travellers and locals.

Visitors are in for a visual feast at one of Africa’s top tourist attractions – the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.

Together with leading architects, the Waterfront is transforming six grain silos into spectacular sustainable spaces with harbour and mountain views. The complex, originally built in 1921, will house the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) and Silo Hotel.

The V&A Waterfront’s Silo District is already home to a six-star green office space and more than 30 luxurious apartments (these are silos one and two). Since completion in 2013, both developments have scooped national awards.

Plans for silos three, four and five include additional residential development, a Virgin Active Classic Health Club and another office building. All three are scheduled for completion next year.

According to, the state-of-art Zeitz MOCCA will also be finished in 2016. It’s been described as “… a new public non-for-profit cultural institution focused on being the first major museum in Africa and a leading museum in the world”.

Once the tallest building on the Cape Town skyline, the repurposed complex will showcase what is considered “the most extensive and representative collection of contemporary art from Africa … gifted in perpetuity … by ex-Puma CEO and chairman, Jochen Zeitz”.

Spanning nine floors, gallery spaces will also display travelling international exhibitions. In addition, reports that the museum is dedicating “an entire floor to art education, a fancy rooftop sculpture garden, a storage and conservation vault, a number of reading rooms, a bookshop, a café and a restaurant and bar”.

The Silo Hotel, located atop the museum, will boast 360-degree mountain and sea views. The Waterfront’s CEO, David Green, believes the luxury boutique hotel “will offer something rather unique by virtue of its size and incredibly spacious location”.

Another unique offering at the V&A’s Silo District will be the first Radisson Red hotel in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Occupying silo six, the concept hotel is set to open its doors to guests early 2017.

President and CEO of hotel group Carlson Rezidor, Wolfgang Neumann says, “Radisson Red is inspired by the trends and lifestyle of the millennium and is totally tapped into modern, high-octane and high-tech travellers.”

Says Green, “The Silo District will offer business opportunities, accommodation, lifestyle options and eateries.”

He adds, “Developments will be focused around the Zeitz MOCAA that sits at the heart of this district and the surrounding new central pedestrian plaza – Silo Square – providing a gathering place for locals and international visitors alike.”

Western Cape MEC of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism Alan Winde has applauded the developments at the V&A Waterfront, saying “They are continually reinvesting and reinventing their offering.”

Source: SouthAfrica

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