Culture and Design in Cape Town’s Iconic Silo Complex
There was a ripple of excitement when renowned British industrial designer Thomas Heatherwick of Heatherwick Studio in London, unveiled his plans to create an art gallery at the V&A Waterfront museum in Cape Town.
The building, made by hollowing out sections of an old grain silo complex, is a shrine to contemporary African art, and represents a feat of engineering due to its extraordinary formations. The permanent exhibition at Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCCA) gathers together astonishing pieces, generously donated by entrepreneur Jochen Zeitz, from his own private collection. This is considered to be the most representative and extensive collection ever to be gathered under one roof, from across the African continent.
For admirers of architecture and design, the idea of staying in a hotel within such close physical proximity to a museum like the Zeitz MOCCA, is a dream come true. The Silo Hotel, operated by The Royal Portfolio, is an ambitious and exciting part of the redevelopment of the complex, to be unveiled in 2017. Every part of the exclusive 28-room hotel has been carefully conceived to appeal to guests looking for a rare brand of style and substance and design. The most striking feature of the hotel’s structure is the addition of pillowed glazing panels, inserted into the existing geometric lines of the upper floors, to create the effect of a sail blowing in the wind. At night, the building transforms into a glowing beacon that presides over the entire harbour.
In April 2017, Art of Living will be inviting guests to stay at this magnificent hotel and hear from the creative experts at both Aston Martin and The Silo Hotel
They will share their insight into the relationship between modern engineering and natural form; elements which play an important part in Aston Martin’s heritage and design language. Guests looking to indulge in culinary experiences are spoiled for choice, with the hotel’s impressive selection of gastronomic options. Art of Living guests will have the added privilege of attending a sensational four course dinner in the hotel’s private dining room, with breathtaking views over the iconic Table Mountain.
A fitting way to enjoy the Art of Living.