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  7. Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa / Heatherwick Studio

Refurbishment in Architecture

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Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa / Heatherwick Studio

  • 03:00 - 18 September, 2017
Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa / Heatherwick Studio
Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa / Heatherwick Studio, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa
  • Design Director

    Thomas Heatherwick
  • Local Project Architect

    Van der Merwe Miszewski Architects (VDMMA), Jacobs Parkers Architects, Rick Brown + Associates
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

  • Group Leader

    Mat Cash
  • Project Leader

    Stepan Martinovsky
  • Studio Team

    Simona Auteri, Lucie Beauvert, Einar Blixhavn, Erich Breuer, Ruggero Bruno Chialastri, Yao Jen Chuang, James Darling, Francis Field, Alex Flood, Jeronimo Garcia, Sarah Gill, Hayley Henry, Xuanzhi Huang, Changyeob Lee, Julian Liang, Débora Mateo, Hannah Parker, Luke Plumbley, Matthew Pratt, Stefan Ritter, Luke Snow, Ondrej Tichý, Meera Yadave
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© Iwan Baan
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Ground Floor Plan
Ground Floor Plan

Text description provided by the architects. The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA), was unveiled today ahead of its public opening on 22 September 2017 at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront. It will be the world’s largest museum dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora and is designed by internationally acclaimed designers Heatherwick Studio, based in London.

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

The museum is housed in 9,500 sq metres of custom designed space, spread over nine floors, carved out of the monumental structure of the historic Grain Silo Complex. The silo, disused since 1990, stands as a monument to the industrial past of Cape Town, at one time the tallest building in South Africa, now given new life through the transformation by Heatherwick Studio.

North Elevation
North Elevation
© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

The galleries and the atrium space at the centre of the museum have been carved from the silos’ dense cellular structure of forty-two tubes that pack the building. The development includes 6,000 sq metres of exhibition space in 80 gallery spaces, a rooftop sculpture garden, state of the art storage and conservation areas, a bookshop, a restaurant, bar, and reading rooms. The museum will also house Centres for a Costume Institute, Photography, Curatorial Excellence, the Moving Image, Performative Practice and Art Education.

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

The R500 million (£30 million) development of Zeitz MOCAA, announced in November 2013, has been created in a partnership between the V&A Waterfront and Jochen Zeitz, as a not-for-profit public cultural institution in the heart of one of most visited cultural and historical hubs in Africa. Set on the edge of a natural, historic working harbour, with the iconic Table Mountain as its backdrop, and sweeping views of the ocean, city bowl and mountain peaks, V&A Waterfront attracts up to 100,000 people a day. 

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

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Cite: "Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa / Heatherwick Studio" 18 Sep 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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Heatherwick 新作:非洲当代艺术博物馆 Zeitz MOCAA

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