I read something about an array of escalators moving people through the silos to different levels to view various projects. If this does move ahead as planned, the silos - at least to some degree, will be functional spaces.
Yup - the plans on the renewed Metronome website definitely show the silos being used, and new floors being added on top - so this plan definitely involves a total restoration of the structure.
I have no idea what Metronome's chances are of raising the cash this time when last time failed. I imagine they are battling to get the City interested again, which may be tough as several city councillors will not want to risk looking foolish should this attempt fail as well... so Metronome will have to have a fair bit pledged by Panasonic already to get any traction there I'd expect.
That said, I would love to see this go forward: I think the silo interiors would be fascinating museum spaces, and I would like to see this building remain as the west anchor to the harbour.
PS - Will it soon be time to unite this thread with the older Metronome thread? Let's see where this proposal goes...