The Silos Transformation

An incredible structure, mind-boggling, and awe-inspiring! That’s the Zeitz MOCAA Museum of Contemporary Art Africa. Located in the Grain Silo Complex of Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront, it left me breathless. I can’t gush enough 😉

If you’re ever in Cape Town, just after going to the top of Table Mountain, you just have to visit it. Whatever you do, whether you’re an architecture buff or an art lover, please put aside at least half the day to begin to do it justice.

The entire space has been carved out of 42x 33m high concrete grain tubes. The moment you walk in there’s a cathedral-like quality to it, the carved silos akin to huge organ tubes. The atrium stretches right up to the roof, the round tops of the silos covered by hardened glass which you walk on when you reach level 6.

Zeitz MOCAA: Level 7 upwards on the right is a hotel. The Museum spans the whole breadth of the structure until level 6
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Level 7 upwards on the right is a hotel. The Museum spans the whole breadth of the structure until level 6.

Zeitz MOCAA: Level 7 upwards on the right is a hotel. The Museum spans the whole breadth of the structure until level 6
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The atrium is 27m high and is the central point from which all the 80 gallery spaces on 8 floors connect from. It is shaped like a single grain.

Zeitz MOCAA: in the atrium, looking up at the roof
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The spiral staircase, in one of the old grain tubes, goes all the way from basement 2 to level 6 – it is an engineering feat all on its own.

Zeitz MOCAA: the spiral staircase, in one of the old grain tubes, goes all the way from basement 2 to level 6 – it is an engineering feat all by itself
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Zeitz MOCAA: the engineering feat that is the spiral staircase, from basement 2 to level 6, in one of the grain tubes
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Zeitz MOCAA: looking up at the roof
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A repurposed remnant of the old silo.

Zeitz MOCAA: a remnant of the old silo
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The elevator shaft, neatly fitted into grain tubes.

Zeitz MOCAA: the elevator shaft, neatly fitted into grain tubes
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Zeitz MOCAA: the vaulted atrium provides access to all of the exhibition spaces, which total 6,000 square metres
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Zeitz MOCAA: the atrium is shaped like a single grain
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Zeitz MOCAA: the atrium is huge and 27 metres high
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Zeitz MOCAA: looking up from the basement up to the roof
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Zeitz MOCAA: another view of the base(ment) of the silos and museum
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Zeitz MOCAA: basement 2, the base of the grain silos, the thick concrete polished to a sheen
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Zeitz MOCAA: the polished basement floor, the pattern created by the shape of the silos
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Looking up at the roof from the atrium, at the top of the tube which is covered by laminated glass in a fritted pattern designed by the late African artist El Loko.

Zeitz MOCAA: looking up at the roof from the atrium, at the top of the tube which is covered by laminated glass in a fritted pattern designed by the late African artist El Loko
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The roof is the tops of the tubes, covered by laminated glass with a frittered pattern by the late African artist, El Loko. You can see all the way down to the atrium if you look in between the patterns, very exhilarating.

Zeitz MOCAA: the roof is the tops of the tubes, covered by laminated glass with a frittered pattern by the late African artist, El Loko. You can see all the way down to the atrium if you look in between the pattern, very exhilarating
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Zeitz MOCAA: the frittered pattern on the laminated glass atop the tubes
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The roof has a sculpture garden and bulging windows providing gorgeous 360-degree views of Cape Town and Table Mountain.

Zeitz MOCAA: the roof has a sculpture garden and bulging windows providing gorgeous 360-degree views of Cape Town and Table Mountain
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Zeitz MOCAA: the top of the frittered pattern laminated glass covered grain silo as seen from the atrium
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Zeitz MOCAA: looking down the spiral staircase
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An old door on the outside, the industrial origins of the building still very much evident and preserved.

Zeitz MOCAA: an old door on the outside, the industrial origins of the building still very much evident and preserved
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Zeitz MOCAA: what looks like an old winch, still preserved at the entrance to the museum
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