Having fallen into disuse in 2001, the centuries-old band of grain silos – once the tallest in Sub-Saharan Africa – became a hollow network of tubes and tunnels. They stood dormant until three years ago when the V&A Waterfront together with British architecture firm Heatherwick Studios envisioned a design that would turn the bulky construction into a museum of contemporary African art with a luxury hotel above. Fragmented puffs of glass replaced boxy windows, and the old towers were transformed into the chic new Silo Hotel. Contrasting with the urban exterior, the interiors are a treasure trove of opulence conceptualised by Liz Biden, owner of The Royal Portfolio.
Explore our gallery below for an insider’s look at The Silo Hotel, and read more about it in our May 2017 issue – on shelves now.