In architecture, ceilings are often neglected and painted in white. But they do more than just hide floor and roof construction - they also have the potential to transform spaces, creating dimensions in refreshing ways.
Designed by Office dA, BanQ is a restaurant located in Boston in an old banking hall. The unique ceiling is comprised of a striated wood-slat system that successfully conceals the mechanical, plumbing and lighting systems of the restaurant, while offering an undulating canopy under which one may dine. Each rib of the ceiling is made up of a 3/4" birch plywood adhered together. Warm woods and relaminated bamboo on the ground amplify the effect of the ceiling.
The 150m long semi-circular vaulted concourse redevelopment of King's Cross Station was completed by London-based architecture firm, John McAslan Partners. Restored old buildings serve as the backdrop to this magnificent ceiling structure. The steel diagrid "grows" from 16 sky-tree columns from the ground, unfurling across the space.
Jeronimos Monastery (Mosteiro dos Jeronimos) is located in Portugal, and serves as an excellent example of Manueline and Gothic architecture in 1502. The Church is breathtaking with its vast and high arched (vaulted) ceiling held up by octagonal pillars, themselves intricately carved with a variety of motifs.
The Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven was designed by the renowned architect, Louis Kahn. In many ways, the Yale Art Center was the catalyst for many of Kahn's ideas on materiality, structure and form. Through the manipulation of light and space, Kahn was able to create visually compelling spaces that change through the day. The waffle slab as seen in this collection is one of Kahn's creations in pushing materiality and technology in architecture, allowing it to be the ceiling of one floor and functionally be the floor of another room. This method of construction using hollow triangles effectively eliminates the need for a false ceiling.
The canopy at Hoshakuji Station was designed by Japanese architect, Kengo Kuma. The aim was to connect the east and west sides of the station, which was divided by the railroad. Wood was selected for the warm atmosphere it evokes, as well as to pay homage to the surrounding paddy field and wooden house landscape. Lauan-made plywood was used for the structure due to its lighter weight. The ceiling pattern symbolizes the pulling together of the fragmented community.
Hilton Pattaya's interiors in Thailand was designed by Bangkok's Department of Architecture. The main lobby and bar is elevated at the 17th floor, overlooking Pattaya Beach. The spacious lobby features the main architectural ceiling intervention - dynamic wave lines constructed from fabric that guide the movement of visitors across the space to the beachfront, and beyond. Strip lighting creates above the fabric linear pattern illuminates the space at night, while the ground plane remains simple.