The Radisson Red hotel located in Silo 6 has art, music and fashion at its core. It is an upmarket hotel that caters to business travellers, international travellers and families. This 252-room Hotel, recently completed, is the first in South Africa of a new offering by the Radisson Group. The vibrant 4-star brand, Radisson Red, caters for a younger, trendier segment of the tourist market.

Situated immediately adjacent to the precinct’s Centrepiece, MOCAA (museum of Contemporary African Art), this project occupies a critical position. With MOCAA as the focus, and the existing BOE building on the opposite side, Silo 6 was designed to complement this composition of three buildings.

Conceptually, the building is a ‘wall’ building that defines the outer edge of the precinct and in mirroring the scale of the BOE building, showcases MOCAA as the focal point. Architecturally, the wall concept is expressed literally through the creative use of rendered brick construction on the East and West facades while the North and South facades reflect the Dockland’s industrial heritage using Steel and Glass.

The punctured fenestration on the East and West facades reflects the rational floor layout of rooms and is expressed using a custom designed protruding Aluminium frame. Juxtaposed against the rough brickwork, this device is a key contemporary insertion in the architectural expression of the building. The building has been awarded a 5-star Green Building status.

The project site had an existing super basement that was designed to accommodate a generic building on top of it. During the time when the basement was constructed, the client (V&A Waterfront) wasn’t 100% sure whether the building would be a hotel. The Rezidor Hotel Group/ Raddison Red later become the operator of the Radisson Red Hotel at Silo 6.

The Radisson Group has their own design requirements for creating a hotel and the brief to the architects was to adhere to their standards and to create a hotel that would maximise the number of rooms as well as fit into the Silo District, which has become a landmark in South Africa’s Mother City.

To create a commercially viable hotel, stay within the brand standards and requirements, and maximise keys of the third Radisson Red hotel in the world, the design team had to think out of the box. Not only did they have to respond to an existing structural grid that didn’t relate to a hotel configuration, but they also had to carefully consider how the north façade of the hotel would complement the Silo 6 district.

The structural gymnastics that the team employed included introducing V-columns to create a layout that would accommodate a hotel, and the north façade of the hotel included interesting steel solutions and careful placement of cladding pannels to create a playful ‘random’ rhythm within the framework.

There is a concrete frame structure with steel elements clipped onto the façade. The north façade is articulated with balustrading and channels that are fixed to the concrete structure with steel. The façade articulation speaks to the notion of an industrial area, which is appropriate for the context of the Silo 6 precinct which includes a working shipyard, a museum and other landmark buildings.

 The design team fixed vertical flat plates to the concrete frame structure in a series of angles to frame the balustrade modules. The beta fence panels (fencing panels) were then fixed to tubular sections. The concrete slab was then finished a C-channel that is fixed to the concrete edges, which created a unique and beautiful façade articulation. Red cladded panels create privacy for guests on their balcony. Bright red was an aesthetically pleasing way to introduce colour into the north façade while speaking to the operator’s brand, and created a seemingly random pattern on the façade.

One of the challenges that the design team encountered was a manufacturing error that led to an incorrectly sized balustrade height. The calculation error led to the design team having to adjust the design to avoid remanufacturing of the balustrade modular panels.

 The architects inherited a restrictive structural grid which informed a very constrained north suite façade configuration and the design team was tasked with articulating the north façade to create a playful ‘random’ rhythm in the framework. The balcony spaces vary in size due to the staggering of the red panels, which creates a beautiful façade.

 The challenge of the manufacture height was successfully overcome by the design team and the contractor working hand in hand to deliver the project on time and within budget. The team were able to collaborate to look at ways to achieve the desired results by modifying the fixing detail.

Cladding profile/ type used Klip-Tite & IBR
Cladding area/ coverage 270m2
Cladding tonnage 1,4 tons

Project Team

Project Team Role Company
Nominator Global Roofing Solutions
Client/ Developer Not provided by nominator
Architect Peerutin + Design Space Africa
Structural Engineer Arup South Africa
Engineer Not provided by nominator
Quantity Surveyor MLC Cape Town
Project Manager Not provided by nominator
Main Contractor Not provided by nominator
Steelwork Contractor Not provided by nominator
Steel Erector Not provided by nominator
Cladding Manufacturer Global Roofing Solutions
Cladding Supplier Global Roofing Solutions
Cladding Contractor Chartwell Roofing
Corrosion Protection
Not provided by nominator
Corrosion Protection
Paintwork Contractor
Not provided by nominator
Photographer, Photo competition Not provided by nominator
Photographer, Other submitted images Not provided by nominator

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