A Historic Silo Has Been Transformed Into South Africa's Biggest Art Museum

Thomas Heatherwick turns his talents to Cape Town.

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Divisive British designer Thomas Heatherwick, shortlisted earlier this year for the World Building of 2017 Award, has now turned his talents to the South African art scene. Beginning with a historic, disused, grain silo Heatherwick has created a network of 80 gallery spaces and transformed the building into the country’s biggest art museum — Zeitz MOCAA.

Described by Heatherwick as ”the world’s tubiest building,” the silo-turned-gallery sits on Cape Town’s waterfront — where it was built in the 1920s — and once held the honour of being the city’s tallest building. In its current incarnation — carved out by the designer and his team in a process he describes as “like archaeology, like excavating out gallery spaces” — the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa is set to become the world’s premier exhibition space for art produced on the continent.

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