a new hotel that forms one-half of a former grain silo renovated by heatherwick studio has opened its doors to guests in south africa. towering above cape town’s victoria & alfred waterfront, ‘the silo’ is housed within the grain elevator portion of the historic complex, occupying six floors above what will become a major contemporary art museum. 

thomas heatherwick the silo hotel cape town
all images courtesy of the royal portfolio

 

 

the building, which has been unused since 2001, has seen its exterior redesigned by heatherwick studio, who began working on the scheme in 2013. the london-based firm was tasked with the transformation of the elevator house and the adjacent storage annex of six rows of seven silos. the brief also required that the building retained its cultural significance, while creating a design that would become synonymous with the south african city. the silo’s amenities include spa and gym facilities, a rooftop restaurant and swimming pool, and private meeting and dining rooms. 

thomas heatherwick the silo hotel cape town
glazing has been inserted into the geometry of the hotel floors

 

 

externally, the biggest visible change to the original structure is the addition of glazing, which has been inserted into the geometry of the hotel floors. these pillowed panels bulge outward as if gently inflated. at night, this gesture transforms the building into a glowing lantern on the waterfront. the hotel includes 28 rooms, including a one bedroom penthouse. each suite has been individually designed by liz biden with colorful, eclectic pieces intended to juxtapose the industrial architecture.

thomas heatherwick the silo hotel cape town
the hotel includes a total of 28 rooms

 

 

standing at a height of 57 meters (187 feet), the grain silo was the tallest building in sub-saharan africa when it opened in august 1924. the structure has two parts: the elevator tower, and the actual storage silos themselves. while the hotel is sited within the tower, the adjacent silos will contain the new museum of contemporary art, which will open in september 2017. see designboom’s previous coverage of the project here.

thomas heatherwick the silo hotel cape town
amenities include spa and gym facilities, as well as a rooftop restaurant and swimming pool

thomas heatherwick the silo hotel cape town
rendering of the hotel’s deluxe superior suite overlooking table mountain

thomas heatherwick the silo hotel cape town
visualization of the hotel’s deluxe superior bathroom

thomas heatherwick the silo hotel cape town
the willaston bar has been named after the first ship to carry grain from the silos to europe

thomas heatherwick the silo hotel cape town
pillowed glass panels bulge outward as if gently inflated

thomas heatherwick the silo hotel cape town
the view from the hotel’s roof terrace

 

 

introducing the silo hotel in cape town
video courtesy of the royal portfolio

thomas heatherwick the silo hotel cape town
rendering illustrating the completed design
image by heatherwick studio

thomas heatherwick the silo hotel cape town
an open space within the cylindrical silos allows visitors to experience the volumes from within
image by heatherwick studio

thomas heatherwick the silo hotel cape town
sectional drawing indicating the layout of the former grain silo building
image by heatherwick studio

thomas heatherwick the silo hotel cape town
the structure and its adjacent waterfront
image by willie worth

thomas heatherwick the silo hotel cape town
historic photograph of the grain elevator building

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