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Cape Town’s Grain Silo – The Silo Hotel

The Silo Hotel in Cape Town

Design, history, taste, art, and luxury in The Silo Hotel. It captures the past and future of Africa and stands for what Cape Town was, is and will be. Cape Town is famous for commerce, the harbour, and agriculture. The Silo acts as an anchor to agriculture, shipping industry, and trade. Time rendered its function obsolete and useless. 

Thomas Heatherwick redesigned the old grain silo building which houses The Silo Hotel and a contemporary art museum. After the grain and shipping industry changed and started using containers, the grain silo remained unused for two decades. In the last few years, the V&A Waterfront mandated Heatherwick Studio to provide new breath into this historic building.

Even though the idea of the museum for Africa’s contemporary art (Zeitz MOCAA museum opens in September) deserves praise, The Silo Hotel stands as a master piece separate from it. The building stands in the middle of the sunset and sunrise, merges vessels and industry with the iconic landscape of Cape Town, fuses existing concrete and steel with classic interior design, and combines proven service with highest existing technological and beauty standards. The history, geography, art and architecture cause excitement in every guest in love with unexpected environments and in search of inspiring places. The Silo is a climax of Cape Town.

Text, pictures & editor rights: Dima Euler

The Silo Hotel’s Interior

The Hotel ticks all the boxes of what you expect for stars: bar, restaurant, spa, fitness, and service. Beyond the boxes, the hotel benefits from the genius of its designer and the character of the building. Concrete and gold embrace you in the foyer. The entrance combines industry chic with classic manufacturing of the interior. The lamps, fauteuil, furniture reflect high manufacturing capacity and understanding of details. 

The fitness centre and spa convinces with modern interior and high quality treatment. On the fourth floor the hotel entertains a state of the art fitness centre and spa. It should not hinder you from running outside in the waterfront. 

The restaurant and bar offer all drinks you demand and a large selection of wine. On the sixth floor, the hotel contains the reception desk, restaurant, and bar. Guests feel the skeleton of the silo, in form of the old, steel, or space. 

Rooms above Cape Town depending on the taste, sunset or sunrise, or even both. The seventh to tenth floors provide different kinds of hotel rooms. All of the rooms are decorated in contemporary African art. Some suites are two floors or/and several rooms. On top, the Silo offers a penthouse. Here, guests experience sunset and sunrise as well as a magnificent view spanning from Table Mountain across to the harbour. The view is above everything you know of Cape Town. You savour the most beautiful place on earth at the best spot possible. The view is massive, unique, and the interior elegant. 

The eleventh floor has a boutique bar plus grill, and plenty of space for guests as well as an infinity pool, a recreation area, plus a 360° view from the top where you may sip your Chardonnay of the most decorate South African vineyard Bon Courage whenever you like. The number is limited. Hotel guests have priority. 

Zeitz MOCAA and The Silo

You want to be there in September. Then, Cape Town opens the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) in this building. It is described as the leading collection of contemporary art from Africa and its Diaspora. However, The Silo provides little information of what a Silo guest may expect from this event or the museum. This museum fills an important gap in contemporary art. If you want to plan this trip, contact The Silo Hotel directly.

The Hotel : http://www.theroyalportfolio.com/the-silo/overview/

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Bang & Olufsen – The Art Of Living

Bang & Olufsen – The Art Of Living

Nowadays, the art of living has become an important trend of our society. Living is not any more just buying a house or a flat, it’s about the integration of our own wishes and tastes.

The arguments? Uniqueness, harmony of forms, shapes and colours. The Danish designers of Bang & Olufsen just turned multiroom experience into some exceptional masterpieces.

Pictures and rights by www.sebastienrohner.com / Studio http://www.50mm.ch

B&O – The Masters Of Design

The Danish brand Bang & Olufsen was founded 1925, just another 8 years to their 100 year anniversary. And ever-since, the Danish designers are famous for their remarkable feeling when it comes to design.

Bang & Olufsen Beosound 1

The Beosound 1 is literally the most extraordinary loudspeaker I have ever seen. It fits into simply every environment I can imagine. It’s manufactured of aluminium, the forms and shapes remind us a bit of a rocket.

The result of this masterpiece, is a distinctive 360° sound-experience – Pavarotti’s ‘E lucevan le stelle’ leaves you speechless for a moment that feels like eternity. And to accomplish, the Beosound 1 contains a battery, so you can leave it wireless for 16 hours.

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay M5

The Beoplay is design-wise more of an understatement. A powerful loudspeaker, which is designed to be replicated around the home. Place it anywhere and let it blend in and stand out. Beoplay M5 combines warm fabric and cool aluminium for a visually stunning appearance and comes in grey or black or choose your favourite colour to match your interior.

Bang & Olufsen Multiroom – Smart Living

Multiroom is the technology that spreads the acoustic to different rooms. The aim here? Stream your music to any room or every room without walking too much. The big advantage: there is not a millisecond time difference, comparing the speakers. It’s pretty hands-on to handle:

  • Download the app (available for apple or android)
  • Add your loudspeakers
  • Do the fine-tuning
  • Start your streaming service (like Spotify, iTunes etc)

The result? An unmistakable & harmonious sound experience.

Bang Olufsen Multiroom

Why Music Is So Important

Music is the balm for our souls and hearts.

Music helps us to relieve from stressful days, lets us dream about the infinite universe, dance through never ending nights. Music lets us cry when we’re sad and laugh when we’re happy.