Ceilings have become crucial elements in the design and acoustics of many commercial spaces. If you haven’t looked up lately, you may want to take a gander. The unrelenting, albeit functional, grids of two-by-two acoustical panels that have comprised many commercial ceilings are being replaced with open plenums, colorful baffles, ceiling clouds in varying shapes and sizes, and perforated wood and metal panels, among other interesting, aesthetically pleasing materials. “We have more tools in the tool box,” says Anthony Colciaghi, principal with architecture and design firm Francis Cauffman.
“You can really influence the fit and feel of a space when you use the ceiling plane as a design element,” says Deb Barnes, director of interior design with HGA Architects and Engineers.