THE SILO DISTRICT AT THE V&A WATERFRONT


This is by way of a CATCH-UP POST.  Sometimes I write posts and for whatever reason they languish on my hard-drive. Here’s one that I hauled out from the beginning of 2019.

I recall struggling interminably with the size of the photos, and never succeeding; as you will see below. In the end I gave it up as a bad job. All the pics are mine, taken with my cellphone.

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A view of Table Mountain, from the Silo Precinct.

 

Although I enjoy the V & A Waterfront, our Numero Uno Tourist destination, I don’t visit very often. Last Sunday I pulled myself together and went to explore the recently completed Silo District area of the V&A . I’d read articles about the uber modern buildings and newly opened Zeitz MOCCA art gallery.

 

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As you can see from the pics  above   it really is bang up to the minute with trendy brand name shops (Bang & Olufsen, anyone?) plus upmarket hotels.

To my intense astonishment, I found a R15-00 cup of coffee at Si outdoor cafe; granted it was on Special Offer, but even so: usually the Waterfront is not noted for its bargain prices!

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And this is Africa folks – we could be in any major world city! Modern sculpture  (below) in the precinct.

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In distance tiny vignettes of old historic Cape Town  – Georgian buildings.

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So why is the precinct named the Silo District? The pic below explains:

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The British architectural firm, Thomas Heatherwick, turned the old grain silos in the dock area into the new Art Gallery.

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A view of our iconic mountain from the dockside

There’s labyrinthian underground parking – very confusing –  I lost my car.  On  arrival I saw many security  guards on bikes, fluorescent vest gleaming in the gloom –  but not one in sight when I went to retrieve my  car –  I had visions of my dessicated bag ‘o bones being discovered years later in a dusty corner. The design of the parking space is a crazy circular loop; no wonder I lost my car! I was never so glad to finally stumble upon my trusty little white Yaris! Purely by accident, I have to say.

Watch this space. In another post I’ll be adding more pics of the interior, and my favourite splash of colour at Zeitz Mocca.
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7 responses to “THE SILO DISTRICT AT THE V&A WATERFRONT

  1. eileen.eileenturner.turner

    I thoroughly enjoyed this article, Alison. Ì saw a TV programme about the very very expensive hotel and the Art Gallery. Most enjoyable to watch but I probably wouldn’t be allowed to stay in hotel – even if I had the money- which I don’t.But I should like to visit Art Gallery because, like you, I Iove art and Galleries. XxSent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

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    • Let me tell you, I wasn’t crazy about the art inside the building, with possible exception of the sculpture – a post to follow soon. If/when you visit Cape Town, I’ll take you to see it.

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  2. Thanks for this Alison! Really interesting, I’d no idea the place even existed!

    Lovely to keep up with my, our, old hunting grounds.

    Keep safe and well

    Sue xx

    Tel: 01263 584179 A day without laughter is, like, night.

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    • The ZM opened during 2018, so its relatively new. Plus the Silo Precinct has been developed during 2017/18, all the posh hotels and retailers. It has a completely different flavour to the older V & A Waterfront.

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  3. Nice to see a new use for old silos. Wish we could do the same around here.

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  4. Die ergste wanneer mens jou kar “verloor”, is om te probeer nonchalant lyk terwyl jy daarna soek…

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