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Cape Town-Based Museum Named World’s Best Public Building

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Wallpaper Magazine, one of the world’s most trusted design publications, has named the brand-new Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art (MOCAA) in Cape Town the « best public building » on earth for 2018.

Designed by British architect Thomas Heatherwick and initiated by European philanthropist Joachen Zeitz, the building is literally carved out of the old corn silos that form the primary structure of the museum.

It’s just one of the many awards so far garnered by the multibillion-rand structure, which Wallpaper calls a « concrete catacomb of galleries ».


Cape Town-Based Museum Named World’s Best Public Building
Inside Zeitz MOCAA

« Grand gestures define Cape Town’s new Zeitz MOCAA. As a much-heralded cultural waypoint, the vast converted grain silos are proving to be a key draw on the city’s Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Topped by the exclusive Silo Hotel, the new home to Jochen Zeitz’s impressive collection of contemporary African art is a concrete catacomb of galleries. Heatherwick Studio has made typically bold strokes at the building’s heart, making elaborate cuts into the structure’s concrete cylinders to form a towering, quasi-organic atrium, » Wallpaper judges said in a statement.

The award is shared with Morocco’s Yves Saint Laurent Museum, devoted to the life and work of the legendary Parisian fashion designer.

Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa MOCAA / Heatherwick Studios

Architects: Heatherwick Studios  
Location: V&A Waterfront, Capetown,  South Africa 
Project Team: Van Der Merwe Miszewski (VDMMA), Rick Brown Associates (RBA) and Jacobs Parker
Interior Décor: Jacobs Parker 
Project Year: 2016
Photographer: Heatherwick Studios

« How do you turn forty-two vertical concrete tubes into a place to experience contemporary culture? »
Thomas Heatherwick





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