Mapei supports stone installation at Dubai Opera
Sital Marble enlisted Mapei to provide adhesives and grouts to support the installation of natural stone in Dubai Opera’s main lobby areas and bathrooms
Sital Marble enlisted Mapei Construction Chemicals to support stone installation for Dubai Opera.
Sital, the company contracted for the installation of natural stone in the opera house’s main lobby areas and bathrooms, selected Mapei’s adhesives and grouts for the project.
The companies, which had worked together on previous contracts, chose Mapei’s Adesilex P9 adhesive for the lobby flooring, and its Keralastic T adhesive for the ceiling.
Mapei’s Ultracolor Plus and Kerapoxy grouts were selected due to the project’s requirement for both cementitious and epoxy materials.
According to Mapei, one of the biggest challenges was the installation of large stones on Dubai Opera’s ceiling. The ceiling substrate, which is a non-traditional fibre cement board, caused conventional cementitious adhesives to crack and de-bond when they were applied.
To overcome this obstacle, Mapei performed a successful pull-off test using its polyurethane adhesive, Keralastic T. Upon being applied directly onto the ceiling, using supports until the adhesive set, the configuration held fast.
Mapei’s Kerapoxy grout, meanwhile, allowed the project team to combine water-jet cutting pieces with brass inserts, safely and securely.
In total, Dubai Opera involved the installation of 30,000m2 of natural and artificial stone, with water-jet cutting and brass inserts.
Mapei worked on the project, which completed earlier this year, during the period 2015 to 2016.