V&A Waterfront’s Silo District wins big with six 2018 SAPOA Awards

An aerial view of No 2, 3, 4 and 5 Silos at the V&A Waterfront.
An aerial view of No 2, 3, 4 and 5 Silos at the V&A Waterfront.

The V&A Waterfront’s Silo District development received six of the 2018 South African Property Owners Association awards, which included three coveted ‘Best Overall’ awards. 

The Silo District won the ‘Best Overall Building‘, ‘Best Overall Heritage Building‘ and ‘Best Overall Refurbishment‘ awards for the Grain Silo conversion to the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA). The property also won the ‘Best Mixed Use Development‘ and ‘Best Green Development‘ awards for the overall Silo District and ‘Best Other Development‘ award for the Radisson Red Hotel.

The awards’ primary objective is to define excellence in the property industry and to become a benchmark for excellence within the industry, aiming to provide public recognition for top quality design and functionality. Judges look for commercial viability, aesthetic appeal, innovative design, efficient functionality and environmental sustainability.

The SAPOA awards affirm the V&A Waterfront’s commitment to achieving the highest possible development standards in design, innovation and sustainability. Our aim is always to deliver to global best practice in all that we do. Our vision for the Waterfront is to create efficient and sustainable spaces that are also vibrant, inspiring and authentic” commented V&A Waterfront CEO, David Green.

Grain Silo and Zeitz MOCAA: Best Overall Building, Best Heritage Building and Best Development Building

The old Grain Silo, originally built in 1920, remains the tallest building in the V&A at 65 meters. The V&A Waterfront’s R500-million refurbishment of this historic Grain Silo into a fit-for-purpose home for Zeitz MOCAA is a work of art in itself, while still preserving the historical look, feel and many features of this iconic building. The internationally acclaimed conversion won three of the five ‘Best Overall’ Awards with ‘Best Overall Building‘, ‘Best Heritage Building‘ and ‘Best Refurbishment Development‘.

The refurbishment required converting over 100 27-metre tall concrete silo tubes, each with a diameter of up to 5.5 meters, into a functional space to house the not-for-profit museum. 9,500 square meters of space has been custom designed to showcase the art collection over nine floors, while 6,000 square meters has been dedicated to exhibition space. The remainder of the space was used to create the Silo Hotel, a 28-key luxury boutique hotel.

Silo District: Best Mixed Use Development and Best Green Development

The V&A Waterfront’s new 80,000 square meter Silo District won both the ‘Best Mixed Use Development‘ and the ‘Best Green Development‘ Awards. Buildings in the District encircle Zeitz MOCAA to form a new public plaza. The new industrially aesthetic pedestrianised space invites visitors to meander along the working harbour with its ships, cranes, gantries and other technology required in a working harbour.

In addition to Zeitz MOCAA, the Silo District comprises of No.1 Silo, a commercial building and corporate head office for Allan Gray, the No.2 and No.3 Silo with 31 and 79 residential units respectively; the No.4 Silo which houses the province’s first state-of-the-art Virgin Classic Health Club, and the No.6 Silo, home to the new Radisson RED Hotel.

Development at the Silo District is based on a three pronged approach to offer a creative space in which people can live, work and play. The new District has also set new sustainability benchmarks with a 6-Star As-Built rating by the Green Building Council of SA Awards for No.1 and No.5 Silos and a 5-Star, custom hotel design rating for the No.6 Silo. Among the many environmental features is an innovative district seawater plant that heats and cools the buildings by using energy from the sea.

Radisson RED Hotel: Best Other Development

The development of the No.6 Silo which now houses the Radisson RED Hotel won the award for the ‘Best ‘Other’ Development‘. The surrounding industrial and warehouse setting of the Grain Silo and working harbour has been articulated in the design of the building. Concrete and face brick form an integral part of the architecture, giving the hotel a contemporary aesthetic look and ensuring low maintenance.

In 2014 the No. 1 Silo won the SAPOA ‘Overall Green‘ Award and was the winner of the ‘Corporate Office Development‘ category. The neighbouring No. 2 Silo was the winner in the ‘Residential Development‘ category.