Case Study

My Domain Student Living - Cape Town, Salt River

My Domain Student Living, based in Cape Town, was designed to maximise the student experience of those living off-campus. The success of this project hinged on the strategic use of lightweight materials. This not only helped save costs and floor space, but also ensured expedient completion of the project. Furthermore, Saint-Gobain Africa’s solutions complied with the fire requirements of SANS 10400-Part T, thereby act in accordance with the National Building Regulations. As the project progressed, it became evident that the Saint-Gobain Africa's systems provided a comfortable environment in terms of thermal and acoustic aspects.

Project Challenges


  • The property was an existing industrial building, and it posed difficulties for installing plumbing and electrical services.
  • There was a need to maximise the amount of lettable space inside the living areas since student accommodation is in high demand.
  • Student accommodation requires durable walls and acoustic comfort to support optimal student learning and living.


Saint-Gobain Africa Main Project Solutions

  • Acoustic comfort high performing wall systems minimizing noise/sound transfer
  • Thermal comfort  walls for energy efficient indoor temperature comfort
  • Lightweight solutions to save on waste management and foundation costs for the building
  • Dry build solutions to minimise water consumption during the build

Saint-Gobain Africa Solutions




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


Client Testimonials

“As student accommodation is classified as a residential building fire safety is important. The specified fire rated systems from Saint-Gobain adhered to the building standards. Interestingly, at MD2 we had passage walls of brickwork, and our common Wi-Fi system gave huge problems because the signal could not penetrate the brickwork. So, there is a definite benefit for using drywalls in terms of reticulation costs of internet infrastructure. Saint-Gobain project pack assisted the building professional with a high level of specification and detail as to minimise their time spent on related element documentation. The regular Saint-Gobain site visits, on-site training and site reports ensured installation compliance to specification and offered us all peace of mind.” 

Justin Betts – Swish Property Developers