The Silo Hotel
An extraordinary new luxury hotel in Cape Town.
The Silo Hotel is a magical space towering above the V&A Waterfront surrounded by the natural wonder of South Africa’s Mother City.
The Silo has been built in the grain elevator portion of the historic grain silo complex occupying six floors above what will become the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA). Zeitz MOCAA will be a contemporary 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 September 2017.
The exterior of the building was 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 six rows of seven silos, while carefully retaining its cultural significance and creating a building that would be synonymous with the Cape Town skyline.
From the outside, the greatest visible change to the building’s original structure is the addition of pillowed glass windows inserted into the geometry of the hotel floors. These windows bulge outward as if gently inflated. By night, this transforms the building into a glowing 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 the spa, take afternoon tea overlooking Table Mountain, quaff champagne on the roof, swim in the glass pool, work off the city’s fine dining in the gym or enjoy a private tour of the museum.
Image courtesy of Mohau Modisakeng and WHATIFTHEWORLD.