Contemporary African Art Museum Epitomizes WDC Practices

Thomas Heatherwick - Architect

Meeting the architect of the new Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA)

The event, entitled, Reimagining History, unveiled the architectural plans to convert the historic Grain Silo Complex into an art museum.  To ensure maximum preservation of the celebrated building, archaeologists and other historians were employed.   

Internationally acclaimed designer Thomas Heatherwick, was the mastermind behind the building’s design that centers around forty-two 33 metre concrete tubes running through the silo’s centre.  

Here are some specifics from the event’s press release:  

The R500-million redevelopment project, announced in November 2013 as a partnership between the V&A Waterfront and Jochen Zeitz will retain and honour the historic fabric and soul of the building while transforming the interior into a unique, cutting-edge space to house the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA). Considered the most extensive and representative collection of contemporary art from Africa, the Zeitz Collection has been gifted in perpetuity to this non-profit institution by ex-Puma CEO and Chairman, Jochen Zeitz.  The collection will be showcased in 9,500m2 of custom-designed space spread over nine floors, of which 6,000 m2 will be dedicated exhibition space.

I am in contact with the Arup man that is in charge of the Sustainability Targets for the Silo development.  I will report back on the building’s “green” practices shortly.  Until then…

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