The Silo is a magical space towering above the V&A Waterfront surrounded by the natural wonder of South Africa’s Mother City.
The Silo is built in the grain elevator portion of the historic grain silo complex occupying 6 floors above what will become the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA). Zeitz MOCAA will be a modern art museum to rival the likes of the Tate Modern in London, MoMA in New York and Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid. Zeitz MOCAA is a not-for-profit partnership between the V&A Waterfront and Jochen Zeitz, whose collection forms the Museum’s founding collection. Zeitz MOCAA will open in the middle of 2017.
The building has been designed by Thomas Heatherwick, Founder and Principal of the London-based Heatherwick Studio. Heatherwick Studio was tasked with the transformation of the elevator house and the adjacent storage annex of 6 rows of 7 silos, while carefully retaining its cultural significance and creating a building that will be as synonymous with the Cape Town skyline as the Eiffel Tower is to Paris.
From the outside, the greatest visible change to the building’s original structure will be the addition of pillowed glazing panels, inserted into the geometry of the hotel floors, which will bulge outward as if gently inflated. By night, this will transform the building into a glowing lantern or beacon in the harbour.A City Hotel Focused on Art & Culture
Cape Town is consistently ranked among the Top 10 cities in the world to visit by the likes of Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure Magazine. The ‘Mother City’, as it is affectionately known, is a colourful and vibrant city surrounded by dramatic mountains and sandy beaches. The magic of Cape Town lies in the collision of natural wonder, diverse cultures, art, design and a thriving food and wine scene.
The Silo is located in the centre of Cape Town and is the ideal base from which to explore all that Cape Town has to offer. At the hotel itself, guests can relax at spa, take afternoon tea overlooking Table Mountain, quaff champagne at the rooftop champagne bar, swim in the glass pool, work off the city’s fine dining in the gym or enjoy a private tour of the museum.
The Grain Silo was the tallest building in Sub-Saharan Africa at 57m when it was opened in August 1924 after 3 years of construction. It closed in August 2001 after nearly 80 years at the heart of South Africa’s industrial and agricultural development. The Grain Silo played an integral role in terms of international trade as an export facility, but it also provided vital infrastructure to South Africa’s regional agricultural economies supporting local farming communities while also making a major contribution to the economic activities of Table Bay Harbour.
The building has two parts – the elevator tower, where The Silo hotel is located, which facilitated the mechanical bulk handling of grain, and the actual storage silos themselves. The elevator tower was known as the working house and it served numerous functions. It received grain from the track shed, lifted it to the top of the building by the use of elevators and provided facilities for the grain to be weighed, cleaned, bagged, stored and distributed.
Grain from the smaller, inland ‘country elevators’ around South Africa was delivered to Cape Town. The first load of maize was received into the grain elevator in Cape Town on the 8 September 1924, and this was followed two months later by the first export from the new elevator – 6,245 tons of maize aboard the SS Willaston destined for Europe, on the 12 November 1924.
The Silo will have 28 rooms, including a spectacular penthouse. Each room will be individually designed and decorated by the stylish wand of Liz Biden. Colourful and eclectic pieces will juxtapose the modern, industrial architecture.
The 7 room categories are based on the room size and the views. The rooms are more spacious vertically than horizontally due to the unique architecture of The Silo and in particular the ingenious design of the pillowed window bays which are one of the key architectural features.
The 187m2, one-bedroom penthouse is the jewel in The Royal Portfolio crown located on the top floor of The Silo facing Table Mountain with triple aspect views of Cape Town and a 24m2 balcony
There are 2, triple aspect Royal Suites facing the Ocean, Robben Island and the distant mountains. Each Royal Suite is 132m2 in size and each has 2 bedrooms and a generous balcony.
There are 4 Family Suites on the 7th floor with views over the old harbour and out to the distant mountains or over the V&A Waterfront and Signal Hill. Family Suites range from 111m2 to 128m2 including a balcony and each has a mezzanine level with 2 bedrooms.
There are 7 deluxe suites across the 8th, 9th and 10th floors with spectacular 5.5m high pillowed glass windows showcasing the natural wonder of Cape Town. They range in size from 60m2 to 67m2 including a balcony.
There are 6 Superior Suites across the 6th and 7th floors with either mountain or harbour views. These suites vary between 76m2 and 88m2 including a small balcony and each has the bedroom on a mezzanine level.
There are 4 Luxury Suites with mountain views on the 8th and 9th floors which are 47m2 including a balcony.
The Silo Rooms
There are 4 luxury Silo Rooms with spectacular harbour views which are 41m2 including a balcony.
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