Case Study

Radisson Red, Cape Town

Architect
Peerutin/ Source Interior Architects
Client
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group

In 2015, the transformation of Grain Silo No. 6 into the Radisson Red Hotel at V&A Waterfront’s Silo’s District exemplified meticulous planning and collaboration, employing Gyproc and Isover materials to transition from brick to drywall. With a focus on space maximization and aesthetics, the project achieved larger dimensions and full skimmed walls for critical lighting areas. Various Gyproc Drywalling types provided fire ratings of 60 & 120 minutes, ensuring safety across 250 rooms, while a twin Stud system enhanced guest comfort with a 63dB rating. Cost savings were realized through reduced structural support needs and accelerated construction, culminating in Africa's first "Radisson Red" hotel featuring 252 rooms, event spaces, and a Rooftop Red entertainment area. Despite challenges, such as basement conditions, the hotel attained a five-star Green Star rating, reflecting V&A Waterfront’s sustainability philosophy. The project's commitment to sustainability and quality earned it a 5 Star Green Rating Certificate, with features like low VOC finishes and efficient resource utilization through natural lighting and facade design.

Project Challenges

Challenge 1 – Finishing the project on time for Zeitz Mocaa opening and handle the expected increase in visitors.
Challenge 2 – Existing super basement conditions and the structural design for the Radisson red hotel did not quite align with the existing basement structure.
Challenge 3 – Plaster application posed challenges in achieving desired aesthetics and durability, thus requiring on-site technician to assist with proper application techniques.

Gyproc South Africa Solutions

Drywall - RhinoBoard® MoistureResistant plasterboard, RhinoBoard ®FireStop® plasterboard. Both plasterboards used for bathroom areas.
Ceilings - Gyptone® BIG Line 6 with Activ’Air ® technology ceiling boards for acoustic performance fixed to a framework of Gypframe® UltraSTEEL® 51 mm. RhinoBoard ® FireStop ® plasterboard for ceiling in the restaurant area. Gyproc Rhinoboard ® 9 mm (Fixed to a concealed ceiling grid Gyprame ® D37/32K).
Plasters - The drywall system was completed with the luxurious RhinoLite® CreteStone® skimmed plaster finish, resulting in smooth walls.

Client Testimonials

“Radisson Red is inspired by the trends and lifestyle of the millennium and is totally tapped into modern, high-octane and high-tech travelers.” - President and CEO of hotel group Carlson Rezidor, Wolfgang Neumann