How do you turn 42 vertical concrete tubes into a place to experience contemporary culture?
Commissioned to transform Cape Town’s historic Grain Silo into a museum for a celebrated collection of contemporary African art, the studio decided to celebrate, rather than erase, the silo’s industrial past. Galleries and a central circulation space carved from its cellular concrete structure create a luminous glass-roofed central atrium. The greatest change to the silo’s exterior is the addition of pillowed glazing panels, inserted into the upper floors’ existing geometry, which appear gently inflated. By night, the building becomes a glowing beacon in the harbor.
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Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio.
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio.