New Contemporary Art museum opens in Cape Town’s former Grain Silo

Architects Mat Cash and Stepan Martinovsky are the project leaders from Heatherwick Studio. The new design transformed the existing building, creating a honeycomb shaped interior. The concrete tubes of the silo are topped with laminated glass, allowing natural sunlight to enter the building.

The Zeizt MOCAA is a new non for profit cultural institution. Its mandate is to collect, preserve, research and exhibit contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora. Established in 2013 it is the first major institution dedicated to contemporary art in Africa.

Built in 1921, 57 meters tall, the silos processed hundred of thousand of grains over nine decades. Connected to rail infrastructure and port, they stored corn from all over the country. The building stopped being used in the 1990s, but remained an iconic element of the Cap Town Skyline. At the time of their construction they were the tallest building in South Africa. Heatherwick Studio allowed this industrial building to be preserved and transform for new uses.

Bellow is a video featuring Heatherwick Studio projects, jump to 1:14 for the MOCAA project.

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