For a small, family-owned hotel, Cape Town‘s new Silo has certainly made a big impact. It was the talk of the town for years before it opened in March, defying any need for a hotshot global brand name, or endorsement by a celebrity chef.
Of course, the novelty of the building helped stir up interest. A concrete grain silo constructed in 1921 in a hard-working port, it was never going to be an obvious choice for the city’s most glamorous new hotel. And then London-based Thomas Heatherwick, described by his mentor Sir Terence Conran as ‘the Leonardo da Vinci of our times’, got involved.