Silo 3 is the latest of five “Silo” buildings to be completed by WBHO in the Silo District Development of the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. All five buildings surround the Grain Silo Royal Portfolio Hotel and Zeitz Mocca Museum, which form the focal point of the development. The project began on 5 October 2015 and was completed in April 2017. Upon completion the building had to achieve a 4-Star Green Rating, which had a significant impact on the project’s design specifications.
Silo 3 is a residential development consisting of 79 luxury apartments (of which 5 are penthouse apartments), spread across 3 blocks of 8, 10 and 12 levels. The fact that work had to be conducted simultaneously in each of the three blocks was one of the chief challenges faced on this job. The apartments range from 1-bedroom flats to a 5-bedroom double story penthouse.
The development represents the finest quality residential space in the V&A, with the vast majority of the apartments finding buyers well before completion. The building is a combination of structural steel and concrete, and has a façade made up of aluminium shop fronts and plastered brickwork. External areas, passages and lobbies exhibit off shutter concrete, exposed services and mild steel which are characteristics of the silo district, and in keeping with the theme of a working harbour development. The internal finishes of the apartments showcase some of the latest trends in interior design. Floating timber floors, plush carpets, Italian tiles (with underfloor heating) reinforce the feeling of luxury to the apartment in themselves. All apartments are equipped with air conditioning, and premium and penthouse apartments with programmable lighting. The views from each of the floors are breath-taking, whether it is Signal Hill, Lions Head, the harbour and bay, or Table Mountain.