Ceilings. Too often too easily ignored. There you sit--in your office, at lunch, in a meeting, in your bed, watching TV, having dinner, or, you know, anything else that happens in a building--looking straight ahead, without any real concern as to that thing overhead protecting you from the elements. Surely in the past it made sense to keep things simple. Back in ye olden times, when you needed a roof over your head, someone built it. Done and done. But, after centuries of standard design, there is room for improvement here, not to mention millions of underutilized square feet with which to play with--the perfect blank canvas for some nearly-arial art.
Thankfully, there are people out there with vision, who know the value of a sweeping stretch of paneled wood overhead, undulating like the underside of the Pacific. These are architects who have no patience for drywall. They distain the notion of clean, 90-degree angles and traditional lines. All across the world, in big cities and small, these architectural gems are designed with the time and attention they deserve. The result is a series of incredible interiors, just waiting for some Hollywood location scout to hit them up for the next Bond movie.
Because if we've learned anything from our decades of watching 007, it's that international espionage deserves the best cars, the best gadgets, and, yes, even the best ceilings.
National Assembly for Wales by Richard Rogers
The Quadracci Pavilion at Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) by the Santiago Calatrava. Image via Blue Ant Studio.
UK Pavillion at Shanghai Expo 2010 by Heatherwick Studio
Tree Restaurant in Sydney, by Koichi Takada Architects
Free University, Berlin.
BANQ restaurant by Office dA
Dumas & Chaine Cabinet in Paris by SWAN Architects
Ananti Club, Seoul by SKM Architects
The Tote, India by Serie Architects
Top image: Jing Restaurant, Singapore by Antonio Eraso