Thomas Heatherwick in conversation with Alice Rawsthorn
Thomas Heatherwick and Alice Rawsthorn will discuss the recently opened Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) in Cape Town. Occupying over 9,500 square metres across nine floors on the site of a former grain silo that was once the tallest building in sub-Saharan Africa, Zeitz MOCAA is the first major museum dedicated to contemporary art on the African continent. Heatherwick Studio's design for the building makes use of the silos' industrial form, carving a central circulation space from the cellular concrete structures to create a cathedral-like atrium. The non-profit institution is a partnership between Jochen Zeitz (the German former CEO of Puma, whose extensive collection) and the V&A Waterfront (a mixed use development along Cape Town's historic harbour) and is part of a new flourishing of the city's art scene. The pair will discuss the museum and its ambitions to redraw South Africa's cultural landscape.
Thomas Heatherwick founded Heatherwick Studio in 1994 to bring craft, design, architecture and urban planning together in a single workspace. The studio is currently working on approximately 25 live projects on four continents including headquarters for Google in California and London, and a new landmark for Hudon Yards, New York.