Luxury hotel opens inside Heatherwick's converted grain silo in Cape Town
London-based Heatherwick Studio – headed up by designer Thomas Heatherwick – is overseeing the conversion of the building, in which the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) will open later this year
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Occupying six floors above the museum, The Royal Portfolio hotel is accommodated within the grain elevator portion of the building where grain was once lifted by elevators from the track bed to the top so it could be weighed, cleaned, bagged, stored and distributed.
The most visible change to the exterior is the rows of pillowed glass windows inserted into the existing concrete frame of the upper floors.
The windows provide enhanced views from the various suites and transform the upper part of the building into a glowing beacon when illuminated from within at night.