first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThe Royal Portfolio has announced the latest addition to its portfolio of five-star hotels that includes Royal Malewane, Birkenhead House, La Residence and a collection of Private Residences: The Silo. The hotel is set to welcome its first guests on 1 March 2017.The Silo is a magical space towering above the V&A Waterfront surrounded by the natural wonder of South Africa’s Mother City. 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.The Silo will have 28 keys, including a spectacular penthouse. There will be a spa, gym, bar and restaurant, as well as a glass swimming pool on the tenth floor and champagne bar with panoramic views of Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean – being the highest building on the waterfront.The opening of the new hotel will enable The Royal Portfolio to offer guests their unique hospitality across a portfolio of quintessentially South African experiences including a Big 5 safari in the Greater Kruger National Park, wine tasting in the Cape Winelands, the coastal experience in Hermanus and now the natural wonder, art and culture of Cape Town.David Green, CEO of the V&A Waterfront said,”We have no doubt that The Royal Portfolio will bring to this hotel their impeccably high standards and offer its guests an exclusive experience quite unlike any other.”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 building into a glowing lantern or beacon in the harbour.Liz Biden, the owner of The Royal Portfolio acclaimed for her exceptional interior design, explained that, “We have always wanted to open a hotel in our home city of Cape Town. The Silo is an exciting and ambitious project which we believe will perfectly complement our existing properties and rank among the very best hotels in the world. The building is modern and industrial so the design will reflect that with the addition of softer, more colourful touches.”Colourful and eclectic pieces will juxtapose the modern, industrial architecture. The 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 and in particular the ingenious design of the pillowed window bays which are one of the key architectural features.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img

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