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Zeit Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town

The Zeit Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town (MOCAA), created by Thomas Heatherwick’s Studio, is the biggest art museum in Africa and the world’s largest museum dedicated to African contemporary art and its diaspora.

Located in Cape Town’s V&A waterfront area in South Africa, the nine-floor, 9,500 square foot interior reinvigorates the grain silo complex as a symbol of the city’s industrial history. The silo had fallen into disuse in 1990 with the introduction of new technologies. Heatherwick’s reinterpretation of this historical monument transforms the symbol of economic progress into a cultural epicenter.

Thomas describes one of the design challenges when he said, “We were excited by the opportunity to unlock this formerly dead structure and transform it into somewhere for people to see and enjoy the most incredible artworks from the continent of Africa. The technical challenge was to find a way to carve out spaces and galleries from the ten-storey high tubular honeycomb without completely destroying the authenticity of the original building.”

Photography by  Iwan Baan