The V&A Waterfront’s new R50 million Watershed development embodies urbanity in an innovative, light-filled space that is an ideal showcase for the craft and design tenants who now call it home.
The street-styled market opened its doors to the public last month, replacing the previous Blue Shed Craft Market and Wellness Centre and combining the Red Shed tenants. Curator Trevyn McGowan and her team at Source have navigated the evolution of the market to ensure the Watershed’s tenant product offering and range focuses on artisans and designers, presenting the best of the continent under one roof.
The airy new Watershed is 50% more spacious and a lot brighter, with light streaming in through a 100m-long skylight and a glass façade overlooking the Robinson Dry Dock and Table Mountain.
Inside, the Watershed has been designed to showcase the quality products on sale to maximum effect. Fashion nestles comfortably alongside works of art, precision-made furniture, intricately crafted jewellery, rich textiles, soft furnishings, ceramics, accessories, contemporary curios and more.
The open-ended Watershed can be accessed via entrances facing the Two Oceans Aquarium on the one side and Jou Ma se Comedy Club on the other.
The south-facing glass façade also offers unparalleled views over the Robinson Dry Dock towards Table Mountain. Dating back to 1882, the dock is one of the oldest of its kind in the world still in daily use. The working nature of this historic dry dock sits in juxtaposition with the crafted wares offered by the 150 traders inside the Watershed.
A dedicated wellness area will open mid-November on the mezzanine level.
* Find the The Watershed on 17 Dock Road, V&A Waterfront.
Trading hours: 10am to 7pm daily
Watch 48hOURS TV on Thursday at 7pm on Channel 263 on DSTV for an insert on the Watershed. Catch the repeats on Saturday at 6.30pm and Monday at 8am.