Materials & Applications

Insulation with cork in the Zeitz Museum

  • Materials Used

    Material Category
    Acoustic Insulation & Vibration Isolation
    Material Reference
    Underlay and underscreed
  • Project Details

    South Africa
  • Date Scheduled

  • Useful Links

    Amorim Cork | South Africa

A large-scale museum requires large-scale and effective insulation. Acousticork cork underlay and agglomerated cork and rubber underscreeds have been used for thermal insulation and reduction of impact noise.

The Zeitz Museum is a magnificent structure, that offers visitors over 100 exhibition galleries spread over 10,000m² and seven storeys, including a luxury boutique hotel.

  • The best solution for excellent impact noise and thermal insulation

    After installation, the screed tends to “sink”, especially next to the walls of each room, due to reactions caused during the screed’s drying process. After years of use, including traffic and occasional heavy loads, the screed may also become thinner, and lead to unpleasant gaps next to the walls. A cork-based underscreed provides high dimensional stability and durable performance throughout the building’s lifetime, thereby minimizing the “sinking effect”. 


    Due to construction limitations, it isn’t always possible to implement a thicker solution. The use of a cork-based underlay is compatible with different flooring solutions, providing the necessary acoustic performance, while also protecting the floor.


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100% produced from recycled and natural materials, such as cork, Acousticork underlays and underscreeds are sustainable and constitute the best solution for excellent impact noise and thermal insulation, long-term resilience and durability.

The same material was also chosen for the VIP area of the Cape Town Stadium during the 2010 World Cup.

  • Cork-based solutions: one of the main pathways for development

    The museum structure itself attracts at least as much attention as the art works on display. It is a spectacular building carved out of former grain silos, dating back to 1920, which now house the Zeitz Museum and a 28-room boutique luxury hotel designed by the renowned UK architect, Thomas Heatherwick.

    In today’s world, urbanization is a megatrend and one of the main pathways for development, making it increasingly important to create high-quality acoustic environments that ensure personal well-being. People around the globe are increasingly aware of the impact of acoustics on their daily lives and they expect higher quality acoustic experiences. On the other hand, new trends in terms of sustainability, recycling and the circular economy require greater focus on minimizing waste and environmental impacts. Amorim’s cork-based solutions for acoustic noise and vibration isolation offer significant progress in terms of the capacity to respond to these three megatrends.

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Prime building materials are cork-based

Cork-based materials have become prime building materials in world-class projects such as these buildings. In addition to the quality of the material and its insulation properties, such buildings have to comply with green construction and sustainable building principles and efficient use of natural and energy resources. Cork ticks all the boxes and is becoming a sought-after partner for the international construction and design community.

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