R500 Million Rand Museum for Africa

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Last week Thursday I was lucky enough to attend the announcement for the architect who would design the Zeits Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA).

The R500-million redevelopment project is a partnership between the V&A Waterfront and Jochen Zeitz. International architect Thomas Heatherwick from London was announced as the lead architect.

The brief given to Heatherwick Studio was to re-imagine the Grain Silo Complex at the V&A Waterfront, which had been disused since 1990,with an architectural intervention inspired by its own historic character. The project called for a solution that would be unique for Africa and create the highest possible quality of exhibition space for the work displayed inside.Heatherwick explained what a personal project this was and how a museum in Africa is different to everywhere else in the world because of it’s ability to create positive social changes.

I can’t even begin to imagine the impact this building is going to have on Cape Town.I’ve just moved back to The Mother City and it’s amazing to see how it’s changing spatially. MOCAA is set to open in September 2016 and to be honest I can’t wait. Love it,hate it?

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