The most exciting opening on the V&A Waterfront this summer will be the new Water Shed Retail Warehouse, set to open its doors in October. It has already been described as a cutting-edge showcase of local design talent and craft, and will be the first permanent market of its kind in Cape Town providing small traders with a unique opportunity to present their wares to a large and discerning audience.

Curated by Trevyn McGowan of SOURCE and designed by Wolff Architects, the R50-million development is within easy walking distance of Cape Grace.

Previous visitors to the Waterfront may remember the Blue Shed Craft Market. Airy and spacious, the new Water Shed ingeniously incorporates the old Blue Shed together with an adjacent, previously unused space known as Workshop 17. The completely renovated and re-imagined building is open ended, designed around a ‘main street’ thoroughfare, and includes a vast skylight maximising the incredible double-volume space while allowing natural light to flood in. The south-facing façade is a glass wall with gunshot views across Robinson Dry Dock to Table Mountain.

The 150 carefully selected traders include the likes of Tiffany Marx Bespoke Jewellery Design, Essie Letterpress, Strato, Jasper Eales, Africa Ignite and Zizamele Ceramics. ‘Designed and crafted in Africa’ will be the common thread running through everything on sale, including art, ceramics, craft, fashion and accessories, furniture, gifts, jewellery, curios, and textiles.

The Water Shed is located on Dock Road, between the Two Oceans Aquarium and Jou Ma Se Comedy Club.

Blog Post by Jane Broughton

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