V&A Waterfront’s Silo District crowned Sapoa 2018 overall property winner

V&A Waterfront’s Silo District crowned Sapoa 2018 overall property winner

The V&A Waterfront’s Silo District was recently crowned overall property winner in the Sapoa 2018 Property Development Awards for Innovative Excellence.

New developments garner six awards

The V&A Waterfront’s innovative Silo District development was a clear winner, receiving six of the 2018 South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) Property Development Awards for Innovative Excellence, including three coveted ‘best overall’ awards.

The Silo District won the awards for best overall building, best overall heritage building, and best overall refurbishment 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 primary objective of the awards is to define excellence in the property industry and become a benchmark for excellence in the industry. It also aims to provide public recognition for top quality design and functionality. Judges look for commercial viability, aesthetic appeal, innovative design, efficient functionality and environmental sustainability.

V&A Waterfront chief executive, David Green, said: “The Sapoa awards affirm our vision for the Waterfront which is to create efficient and sustainable spaces that are also vibrant, inspiring and authentic.

“The old grain silo, originally built in 1920, remains the tallest building in the V&A at 65m. The 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 – best overall building, best heritage building and best refurbishment development.”

The refurbishment required converting more than 100 27m tall concrete silo tubes, each with a diameter of up to 5.5m, into a functional space to house the not-for-profit museum. In addition, 9 500m2 of space has been custom designed to showcase the art collection over nine floors, with 6 000m2 dedicated to exhibition space. The rest of the space was used to create the a 28-key luxury boutique Silo Hotel.

The new 80 000m2 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 consists of No1 Silo, a commercial building and corporate head office for Allan Gray, the No 2 with 31 residential units and No 3 Silo with 79 units; the No 4 Silo which houses the province’s first 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,” says Green.

“The new district has also set new sustainability benchmarks with a six star Green Star as-built rating by the Green Building Council of SA for No 1 and No 5 Silos and a five star custom hotel design rating for the No 6 Silo. Among the many environmental features is an innovative seawater plant that heats and cools the buildings by using energy from the sea.”

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.