The Silo Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa

One of the most interesting parts about living in a city is seeing the ways in which buildings get reimagined and reused. Something that was once an auto shop may now house a young technology or advertising business. Or, in the instance of the Silo Hotel, something that once held nothing but grain now houses 28 hotel rooms and a museum.

When it was built back in the 1920s, this grain silo wasn’t only the tallest in its home city of Cape Town, South Africa, but it was among the tallest on the continent. Now, after a lot of time and money has been put into it, the 11-story tall building boasts an array of eclectic and luxurious rooms as well as a the Museum of Contemporary Art Africa on the ground floor. The most stunning piece of the entire building is without a doubt the pillowed windows. Made from 56 hand-cut panels of glass, they give a modern feel to the industrial building and provide guests with a wide-angle view over the city and adjacent bay. In addition to housing amazing rooms, the hotel also offers guests access to a rooftop pool, full gym, and high quality restaurant. If there has ever been evidence of new ideas needing old buildings, this is it.

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