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V&A Waterfront announces luxury Silo Hotel



Artist’s impression of The Silo Hotel, a 28-key hotel to managed and operated by The Royal Portfolio.


In 2013, the V&A Waterfront announced its R500 million philanthropic undertaking in the conversion of the historic grain silo complex into the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa.

More than a year into the ambitious redevelopment of this heritage landmark, an exclusive 5 500m², 28-key hotel, managed and operated by The Royal Portfolio, has been announced.

The Silo is an exclusive hotel in all aspects, including its special location atop the Museum with 360 degree mountain and sea views. Renowned industrial designer Thomas Heatherwick of Heatherwick Studio, London is the architect for the reimagining of the Grain Silo complex, which combines the museum and the hotel above it.

From the outside, the greatest visible change to the Grain Silo’s monumental structure will be the addition of pillowed glazing panels, inserted into the existing geometry of the upper 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.

The size of the suites range from Luxury Suites at 41m² with full height 5.5m glazing to the 120m² double storey family suites, the 132m² royal suites and the 211m² penthouse.

V&A Waterfront chief executive, David Green, says this hotel is in a special location and is expected to deliver an exceptional guest experience.

In an independent economic impact assessment commissioned in 2012 and updated in 2014, findings indicated that future developments at the V&A Waterfront would contribute R223.7 billion to the nominal GDP by 2027, over and above the R259.1bn contribution of the past 12 years. In addition to the contribution to GDP, development at the V&A Waterfront is responsible for impressive direct and indirect job creation. At its peak, the Silo District development, at a cost of R1.5bn, will have 2 000 workers on site.

Green says: “Development at the V&A Waterfront is important in ensuring the destination remains relevant and fulfils market needs, and in the economic stimulus it provides.”


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