If your idea of a Sunday afternoon well spent is listening to a dynamic young creative discuss his fascination with an iconic architectural style that’s woven into Cape Town’s historical fabric, then we recommend you pencil Robert Silke’s TED-style talk on Art Deco apartments into your weekend social calendar immediately.
Going down this Sunday (8 November) at 4pm at Alexander Bar in Cape Town’s CBD, the 45-minute afternoon lecture is running under the rather interesting name Art Deco Bachelor: Holyrood & the Architecture of Spinsterhood. In a nutshell, it’s an intriguing look at Robert’s passion for Art Deco buildings and the relationship between people and the spaces they live in.
Holyrood is the name of an iconic 1930s-style block of bachelor flats on Cape Town’s Queen Victoria Road, which also happens to be where Robert has lived his whole adult life. Passionately attached to this space, he has published a number of papers about its incredible architecture and also used it as the set for his wacky mockumentary The Satyr of Springbok Heights (this hour-long movie is about the hold that a building has on its offbeat, lonely residents). No doubt, the block will make a solid appearance in his talk.
As a young architect who’s had quite a significant impact on the local urban design scene, this gifted man is someone you certainly want to listen to. Not only was he responsible for converting Old Mutual’s former Art Décor office in Darling Street into a residential block, but he also designed Chevron’s headquarters in Century City and The Point Mall in Sea Point.
Entrance to the talk costs R70p/p at the door or R60p/p if tickets are booked online at alexanderbar.co.za.