A restaurant overlooking Table Mountain, a spa along with a rooftop pool and lounge make The Silo one of the most exciting hotels in Africa this year.

It is built in an historic grain silo complex above the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) and, according to a new CNN report: “The Silo is set to be the hippest new hotel in Cape Town.”

The ultramodern, industrial-style hotel will have only 28 rooms, each with whimsical interiors and dramatic waterfront views. It is part of The Royal Portfolio hotel collection, will also have a restaurant overlooking Table Mountain, a spa, and a rooftop pool and lounge towering above the V&A Waterfront surrounded by the natural wonder of South Africa’s Mother City.

It has been named this week in the Top 15 Hot New Hotel List by CNN Business Insider, which includes the new St Regis Hotel in Dubai, UAE, and the spectacular Four Seasons Resort, The Nam Hai, Hoi An, in Vietnam. Read the full worldwide list HERE

The Silo is being built in the grain elevator portion of the historic grain silo complex occupying six floors above what will become the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA). Zeitz MOCAA will be a contemporary art museum to rival the likes of the Tate Modern in London, MoMA in New York and Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid. Zeitz MOCAA is a not-for-profit partnership between the V&A Waterfront and Jochen Zeitz, whose collection forms the Museum’s founding collection. Zeitz MOCAA will open in September 2017. (continues below picture)

The building has been designed by Thomas Heatherwick, Founder and Principal of the London-based Heatherwick Studio. Heatherwick Studio was tasked with the transformation of the elevator house and the adjacent storage annex of six rows of seven silos, while carefully retaining its cultural significance and creating a building that will be as synonymous with the Cape Town skyline as the Eiffel Tower is to Paris.

From the outside, the greatest visible change to the building’s original structure will be the addition of pillowed glazing panels, inserted into the geometry of the hotel floors, which will bulge outward as if gently inflated. By night, this will transform the buildin

Each of the rooms has been individually designed and decorated by the stylish wand of Liz Biden. Colourful and eclectic pieces will juxtapose the modern, industrial architecture. (continues below picture)

Its seven room categories are based on the room size and the views. The rooms are more spacious vertically than horizontally due to the unique architecture of The Silo Hotel and in particular the ingenious design of the pillowed window bays which are one of the key architectural features.