WINNER: Architectural Concrete
Zeitz MOCAA (Museum of Contemporary Art Africa)
Concrete is the main finishing characteristic of this project which has innovatively retrofitted one of Cape Town’s most iconic industrial relics namely the Grain Silo at the V&A Waterfront.
This original redesign of the interior created new functional spaces for galleries, foyer and pause spaces, exposed staircases, transparent lifts and an administration area. This was supplemented with a new sculptural atrium carved out from the heart of the silos’ existing cylindrical concrete structures. Newly fitted skylights flood the interior spaces with natural light in a magical way whilst the old basement and roof top areas are activated with new uses.
Maintaining the integrity of the old concrete structures and blending it sympathetically with new stabilising concrete work and finishes, this project managed to uniquely reinvent a historical Cape Town landmark. Retrofitting the existing architectural and structural elements such as the silos, with new uses by using bold and dramatic interventions has created a truly remarkable architectural asset not only for the art world and Cape Town, but indeed for South Africa. This is therefore, a deserved winner of the Fulton Award in the “Architectural Concrete” Category.
Location: Cape Town (Western Cape)
Submitted by: V & A Waterfront Holdings (Pty) Ltd
Client: V & A Waterfront Holdings (Pty) Ltd
Principal Agent: Mace Management Services
Main Contractor: WBHO
Specialist Sub-Contractors: Q & A Coring Cutting & Scanning, World of Decorative Concrete
Suppliers: AfriSam, Concrete Worm