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REIMAGINING SPACES: THE ZEITZ MOCAA

The V&A Waterfront has partnered with Jochen Zeitz to create Africa’s first significant museum of contemporary African art.

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A partnership between the V&A Waterfront and Jochen Zeits will see the V&A commit R500 million to the development of the museum space, with Zeitz promising to lend his significant collection of African Art to the museum for the foreseeable future. Visionary Leadership The museum space itself is set to be just as fascinating as the exhibitions. In February 2014, it was announced that visionary British designer Thomas Heatherwick would take on the challenge to transform Cape Town’s historic Grain Silo into South Africa’s most thrilling contemporary cultural experience. Reimagining the Space The reimagining and repurposing of historical buildings is not a new idea. What sets Zeitz MOCAA apart is that the site has no impressive, wide open spaces readily available. In fact, the vast majority of the Grain Silo’s space is taken up by the silos themselves – 42 densely packed concrete tubes, inaccessible to humans.

Zeitz MOCAA

[Image source: http://www.heatherwick.com/zeitz-mocaa/]

Working with his team at Heatherwick Studio , Heatherwick wanted to come up with a design that incorporated the building’s industrial heritage, rather than stripping it away. The solution was to carve into the silos, thus creating galleries as well as a central circulation space. When combined with the light streaming through the glass ceiling, the carved sections will form the central, cathedral-like atrium of the museum. Some of the silo bins will also be carved from above ground level in order to create gallery spaces. These spaces will be home to both the Zeitz MOCAA permanent collection and international travelling exhibitions.

Zeitz MOCAA Interior

[Image source: http://www.heatherwick.com/zeitz-mocaa/]

The Zeitz MOCAA is currently under construction and is set to open its doors to the public towards the end of 2016. For those who cannot wait, an AV presentation of the project is on display at the Zeitz Pavilion at the V&A, which is also temporarily housing some of the collection for public viewing.

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