Challenging ceiling design wins international award

by Darren
Challenging ceiling design

The Cradlestone Mall was named as the winner in the commercial section of the global Saint-Gobain Gypsum International Trophy Awards on 6 June 2014.


The Cradlestone Mall, which is situated on the edge of The Cradle of Humankind in Muldersdrift, Gauteng, was named as the winner in the commercial section of the global Saint-Gobain Gypsum International Trophy Awards. This year marks the 9th annual awards ceremony and the event took place in Berlin, Germany on 6 June 2014.

The mall, which was designed by Bentel & Associates, combines innovation and sustainability. Its main feature is the ceiling above the food and entertainment area. The ceiling was designed to contour the jagged shape of the “armadillo-style” roof, which is framed by three-dimensional bulkheads, giving the mall its angular expression.

The challenging, slanted design was inspired by the layering of strata. A total of 33 countries submitted projects and the Cradlestone Mall project was one of 87 projects entered into the global awards. An international panel of judges selected the Cradlestone Mall project as the winner, commending the unique shape of the structure’s roofline as well as the flawless finishes. The high level of acoustic performance also contributed to the project being named as the winner at the awards ceremony.

The architects chose a number of Saint-Gobain Gyproc’s high-performance plasterboard systems and plaster to achieve the required high acoustic and aesthetic specifications. The products that were specified included Gyproc MoistureResistant , Gyproc FireStop, DONN T38 & T37 grids, Gyproc Gypex White and Fissured Ceiling Boards, RhinoGlide Plaster and Gyproc Gyptone BigLine6, and the systems were installed by contractor Abbeycon (Pty) Ltd. The products that were installed in the walls and ceilings were, in addition, instrumental in improving the energy saving qualities of the structure.

“It is with great pride that Saint-Gobain Gyproc South Africa returns from the global awards with a South African project as one of the winners. This is testimony to the fact that South Africa is able to compete on a world stage when it comes to the best quality products coupled with a high level of skilled workmanship to produce a world-class masterpiece in construction, such as the Cradlestone Mall. Our congratulations to Abbeycon (Pty) Ltd on their achievement and for being ranked amongst the best drywall and plastering contractors in the world,” commented Evan Lockhart-Barker, general manager of marketing at Saint-Gobain Gyproc SA. 

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