Cape Town’s much anticipated hotel The Silo has opened on the V&A Waterfront, replete with eclectic and industrial-inspired interiors.
Liz Biden – co-owner of The Royal Portfolio and The Silo – has designed each of the 28-guest rooms (which start from £700 per night) around Heatherwick Studio’s ‘pillowy’ window additions to the concrete silo’s façade.
’The geometric lines of the windows are very modern and almost masculine, which I have tried to temper with the use of texture and colour,’ says Biden.
Heatherwick Studio oversaw the adaptive reuse of silo complex, which was the tallest building in Sub-Saharan Africa when it first opened in 1924. The Silo hotel occupies six floors of the former grain elevator, while the base of the structure will house the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (slated to open this September).
Biden adds: ’We have really had to think carefully about the use of space, reinventing the classic formula for a hotel suite to showcase the magnificent views through the five-metre-tall glass windows which make up the majority of the wall space in each room.’
The Silo’s entrance lobby mixes cement and marble finishes with a sculptural chandelier by Haldane Martin. Walls meanwhile are dotted with artworks by emerging and established African artists.
Eclectic furnishings are used throughout the hotel’s interiors with Persian carpets teamed with button-studded Chesterfields and velvet sofas that offer bold hits of colour, especially in the hotel’s Willaston bar and Granary Cafe.
But the pièce de résistance is the rooftop pool, which offering unrivalled panoramic views of Table Mountain and the ocean.