GET BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE MOST INNOVATIVE ART & DESIGN DISTRICT IN CAPE TOWN!
During this tour participants will be lead be Development Director: Mark Noble. You will get to hear first-hand what inspired the most innovative art and design district in the city, learn more about the environmentally sustainable design principles used in the design of this district and get to experience its creative public spaces through the lens of its public art and cultural experiences.
MEETING POINT: In front of the Zeits MOCCA: 15:50
UNDERSTANDING THE CONTEXT AND CONTENT
The V&A Waterfront, situated in the oldest working harbour in the Southern Hemisphere, is one of the most visited destinations in Africa. It has undergone a notable transformation in the thirty years since its establishment and alongside the physical evolution, the economic and social contribution of the V&A Waterfront continues to grow and mature. It employs thousands of people who would otherwise be without jobs and hundreds of people have benefited directly from the remarkable enterprise development projects. National and international tourists bring money to Cape Town. So too do the growing number of national and international corporates. These changes have helped the V&A Waterfront give back to the community to where today it is a centre of creative enterprise development and gives growing support to entrepreneurship, innovation and design.
ABOUT THE SILO DISTRICT
The V&A’s new 80,000sqm Silo District is one of latest new additions to the neighbourhood. The new industrial aesthetic pedestrianised space invites visitors to meander along the working harbour with its ships, cranes, gantries and other technology required in a working harbour.
In addition to Zeitz MOCAA, the Silo District comprises of No.1 Silo, a commercial building and corporate head office for Allan Gray, the No.2 and No.3 Silo with 31 and 79 residential units respectively; the No.4 Silo which houses the province’s first state-of-the-art Virgin Classic Health Club, and the No.6 Silo, home to the new Radisson RED Hotel. Development at the Silo District is based on a three-pronged approach to offer a creative space in which people can live, work and play. The new District has also set new environmental sustainability benchmarks with a 6-Star As-Built rating by the Green Building Council of SA Awards for No.1 and No.5 Silos and a 5-Star, custom hotel design rating for the No.6 Silo. Among the many environmental features is an innovative district seawater plant that heats and cools the buildings by using energy from the sea. At the 2018 South African Property Owners Association, this district won the overall awards for Best Mixed-Use Development and Best Green Development.