Thomas Heatherwick unveils massive museum carved out of a historic grain silo

September 18, 2017 by  
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Prolific architect Thomas Heatherwick just finished transforming an old grain silo in Cape Town into South Africa’s largest art museum – the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa. The team spent years carefully renovating the silo’s 42 massive cylindrical concrete tubes into 6,000 square feet of gallery space, which will hold the world’s premier collection of African art. The grain silo has held court over Cape Town’s Table Bay harbor since 1924. Some of the building’s rough concrete walls were kept intact, while others were carved into shapes and finished with polished concrete. An 88-foot-high cathedral-like atrium sits at the heart of the museum and leads to the expansive network of 80 individual galleries. The design team preserved the silo’s bold concrete exterior while updating it with bulging glass windows that flood the interior with natural light . The renovation of the historic building was quite complicated, considering the tubular shape of the silos . Heatherwick told Dezeen, “It became like archaeology, like excavating out gallery spaces, but not wanting to obliterate the tubularity completely. We realized we needed to do something that your eye couldn’t instantly predict,” he explained. “Our role was destructing rather than constructing, but trying to destruct with a confidence and an energy, and not treating the building as a shrine.” The Zeitz Museum is just one part of the large waterfront complex that will eventually include bars and restaurants. The swanky Royal Portfolio Hotel , which was built into the silo’s grain elevators, opened earlier this year. + Thomas Heatherwick Studio Via Dezeen

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World’s first silo brewery opens in abandoned NY grain elevator

May 30, 2017 by  
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Abandoned grain silos in Buffalo , New York have been given new life as a brewery. Buffalo RiverWorks recently opened the $2.2 million brewery as part of the revitalization of the city’s waterfront . Buffalo’s grain elevators have long been emblematic of the area but now could stand for a new era of innovation — both in brewing and architectural restoration. Once part of the Wheeler-GLF grain elevator, the old silos now house the Buffalo RiverWorks brewery. RiverWorks employees transformed the silos into a brewery with the help of local architecture firm Abstract Architecture and engineering firm Kromac Design . They had to cut through rebar-reinforced concrete to create the space they needed, and also added a second floor inside. According to The Buffalo News, they had to carry out the work without plumbing or utilities. Related: Buffalo’s Grain Elevators to Be Used in Large-Scale Narrative Lighting Display General manager William Casale of the Pearl Street Family of Companies, which is behind the brewery, told The Buffalo News, “We were able to salvage these silos to create what we think is the first brewery built inside a silo in the world.” Other efforts to revitalize the waterfront are also underway. Rock climbing walls were installed inside some silos, with an Escape Room and zip line slated to open this summer as well. An observation deck will adorn the top of one silo. Casale said they’re also thinking about setting up a silo distillery. Buffalo RiverWorks already hosts concerts, sports games, and other entertainment at their waterfront complex. Preservation Buffalo Niagara executive director Jessie Fisher praised the new brewery, telling The Buffalo News, “The grain elevators more than anything else in Buffalo are our defining image on the world architectural stage. We have the largest extant collection of them in the world. The brewery is perfect, because it’s that marriage of grain and the Great Lakes beer comeback happening in New York State with the push to have more local beer production.” Via The Buffalo News Images via Buffalo RiverWorks Facebook and Abstract Architecture

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Former grain silo is transformed into a community food hall in the Netherlands

June 1, 2016 by  
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Built in 1923, the concrete Zwarte Silo was originally used to store grain as well as salt. To ward off moisture, the outer walls were treated with a layer of bitumen that weathered to create the building’s distinctive black facade that gave rise to the building’s name: ‘Zwarte Silo,’ which is Dutch for ‘Black Silo.’ While the architects preserved the raw industrial character and building elements as much as possible, they also added large glass windows to give the silo a new open and transparent appearance that connects the interior with the outdoor landscape. Related: Mid-century grain silo transformed into a gorgeous, affordable home for two The renovated Zwarte Silo not only offers visitors the opportunity to shop for produce and prepared foods, but also serves as a space for people to gather, eat, and enjoy beautiful waterfront views. In addition to the tall grain silo, the architects also renovated the two adjacent low-lying brick warehouses, formerly used for salt storage. “The new function asks, in contrast to the closed character of the grain storage, for a more open character that opens itself to his surrounding area,” architect Jan-Peter Wenink told Dezeen . “For this reason we have made a large of nine-metre opening on the east side which gives an astonishing view over the harbour area.” + Wenink Holtkamp Architecten Via Dezeen Images via Wenink Holtkamp Architecten

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ZAC Chandon Rpublique housing development emphasizes the contrast between dark and light

June 1, 2016 by  
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The project comprises a cluster of simple volumes made more interesting by breaking them up visually through the use of two different materials. Concrete was used for the structure left visible along the sides, with stainless steel sheets help dematerialize the buildings. Each building was oriented to provide optimal sunlight and shade, further emphasizing the contrast between light and dark. Related: [BP] Architectures’ M9-C is an Integrated, Energy-Efficient Mixed-Use Housing Development in Paris The shading screens protrude slightly from the facades, introducing planar elements to the strong volumes. They provide partial shading to the multi-oriented living units organized to get optimal amounts of natural light . + Christophe Rousselle Architecte

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Grain Silo in Iowa Converted into a Large Ice Climbing Wall

March 11, 2013 by  
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There aren’t too many places to go ice climbing in the corn fields of Iowa, so avid climbers in the area have to get a little bit creative. Local climber Don Briggs took a staple of the landscape — a grain silo — and  converted it into an ice climbing wall . The eight-story structure is covered with ice curtains that run along a large wall and opens every winter, provided that the temperatures are consistently below 26 degrees. The silo, which is located just outside Cedar Falls, Iowa, has become a climbing mecca in the middle of the Great Plains. Read the rest of Grain Silo in Iowa Converted into a Large Ice Climbing Wall Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: artificial climbing wall , building conversion , converted ice climbing wall , converted silo , Don Briggs climbing wall , grain silo ice climbing , ice climbing , Iowa ice climbing , University of Northern Iowa , US winter sports , winter sports

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