Case Study


In the heart of a bustling urban landscape, a visionary transformation unfolded. The focal point of this metamorphosis was an extraordinary 23-meter extra-high drylined Gyproc drywall that lent structural support to the awe-inspiring atrium silos. Picture 42 massive concrete tubes, standing proudly at 33 meters each, their formidable exteriors concealing a rich history within. Ensuring the preservation of priceless artworks and safety of patrons, careful considerations was given to fire safety as well as acoustic comfort for visitors. All 80 art galleries demanded fire rating, extending to both walls, ceilings and floors. This imperative also extended to the 7th-floor restaurant area ceilings, underscoring the commitment to safeguarding the cultural legacy housed within. Today, this monumental transformation stands as a testament to human creativity and vision, proving the enduring power of art to reclaim and revitalize even the most unlikely spaces.

Project Problem

Challenge 1 – Triple volume rooms meant ceiling installation required scaffolding –
resulting in additional time and logistical challenges.

Challenge 2 – Re-skimming of walls to consider changes in layout. Additionally, addressed the significant moisture challenges on-site arising from adverse weather conditions.

Challenge 3 – Aside from designing the unique atrium space, the project's most
significant hurdle was managing the budget constraints.

Saint-Gobain Solutions

Acoustic comfort ceiling systems to assist in providing a great environment for art contemplation

Thermal comfort drywall system allowing optimal levels of natural daylight

Lightweight solutions to comply with tight schedule and dry build to minimise water use

Fire safety to ensure safety of patrons and artwork to a superior fire performance

Saint-Gobain Product Solutions

Drywall-RhinoBoard® MoistureResistant plasterboard. RhinoBoard ® FireStop
® plasterboard.

Ceilings-Rigitone® ceiling boards for acoustic performance. RhinoBoard
a fire-rated ceiling system fixed to a framework of Gypframe®
UltraSTEEL® 51 mm

Insulation-Cavitybatt™/Cavitylite® insulation for drywalls.
Energylite® insulation for ceilings.

Plasters-The drywall system was completed with the luxurious RhinoLite®
skimmed plaster finish, resulting in smooth walls.

Silicone-a.b.e® silicone for pillow facades.

Glass-Durable multi-layered Saint-Gobain Glass Lit floor X-grip.

Grids-PAM Water Grids (Full flow, stormwater and rainwater) to manage a
safe path for water.


“We took one grain of corn and started playing around with it.
That’s how we came up with the idea to carve grain-shaped openings into
the cement walls that now form the museum’s atrium.”

– Thomas Heatherwick Heatherwick Studio

"The Rooftop Sculpture Garden comprises of Saint-Gobain Glass’s very
strong multi layered laminated Glass. This Glass lights up the atrium. We
wanted to incorporate art, into the building fabric so we commissioned El
Loko from Togo in West Africa to emboss his new cosmic alphabet
pattern onto the Glass.
Installing the right materials contributed hugely towards the final outcome
of transforming the old silo building into a sustainable architectural and
artistic glory. The result is an interior space that’s safe and comfortable,
meeting the complex installation requirements while remaining
structurally sound and aesthetically beautiful."

- Mark Noble – V&A Director of Development