The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, or Zeitz MOCAA, can become the world’s most important exhibition space for African art. It was created by hollowing inside of grain silo in Cape Town.
The building exists from 1920s and was once the city’s tallest building.
Heatherwick’s team created a complex network of 80 gallery spaces.
The architecture wanted to make something unpredictable for eye.
The work was rather destracting than constructing, but very successful.
The museum is not the only object in grain silo building. There is already opened hotel in it.
Heatherwick describes the space as being “like a vaulted cathedral”.
His team wanted to retain the spirit of old building but also to give functionality to the space.
The total exhibition space is 6,000 square metres.
Externally, the building features bulging windows – formed of faceted glass panels. Positioned within the existing concrete frame, these draw light down into the atrium, while also offering a kaleidoscopic visual effect.