Thomas Heatherwick pulls off an awesome act of architectural mutilation – just don’t mention the luxury hotel upstairs

Twinkling like rows of cut-glass decanters in a well-stocked drinks cabinet, the faceted windows atop Cape Town’s new contemporary art museum rise as a crystal beacon above a motley jumble of wharves, warehouses and shopping malls.

The windows shine out from the crown of a majestic concrete grain silo that has stood here since the 1920s, once the tallest building in sub-Saharan Africa, now reborn as the continent’s answer to Tate Modern, which opens next week.

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