A team from a local start-up business, Remogo Ceilings and Partitions, has partnered with the global building products company, Saint-Gobain, to provide much-needed acoustic panelling for the GSA’s new studios at the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture (FADA). Lauren Kruger from Ecophon provided expert advice, calculating the required number and position of panels to ensure a comfortable acoustic environment. The team members, Pontsho Mashigo, Justice Morena, Tshilidzi Ndwamado, Nelly Munyai and Vovoni Khoza, who is hearing-impaired but has found valuable support from his fellow graduates of the Saint-Gobain training scheme, expertly installed 36 Ecophon ‘Solo’ panels, which have turned a once-unusable space into world-class design studios. BOOM Architects, who designed and supervised the fit-out, worked closely with the UJ Project Service Division, led by Dirk Rust, and the GSA’s in-house exhibition designers, The Coloured Cube, to provide students with the kind of studio culture that has been lacking since the school’s inception in 2016.
Said Prof Lokko, GSA Head of School, ‘through a sustained partnership and relationship with Saint-Gobain, we’ve been lucky enough to have their support on a wide range of projects at the GSA. We’re enormously grateful to Saint-Gobain and Remogo for their hard work and generosity in supporting South Africa’s next generation of architectural talent. The difference the panels have made to the space is incredible. For the first time in three years, it’s possible to hold a tutorial and hear yourself think!’