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What Is the Worst Thing About Architecture Today?

Short answer: Ceilings.

Long answer: Ceilings have devolved from being the focal point of a room to being a zone for mechanical equipment. In all the world’s greatest spaces we’ve always looked up in awe. Where our gaze was once met with fantastical vaulted ceilings, remarkable truss structures, or distinctive decorative treatments, today we typically find acoustic tiles, ductwork, and fluorescent strip lighting. Having abandoned the ceiling as a canvas for creativity with the dawn of the technological era, we’ve had a hard time taking it back. Today, it’s hard to compete with all that mechanical equipment when all you’re arguing for is a blank white surface. But a compelling vision of a space designed to make the ceiling its primary feature can enchant even the most pragmatic minds. There is good reason to be stubborn: since we seldom rearrange or redecorate the ceiling the way we do the rest of a space, what we create overhead lives a long life.

300C - Linear Plank Ceilings / Hunter Douglas Contract

Ceilings have the power to increase design potential for architects by defining, maximizing and even dramatizing interior space. For decades, Hunter Douglas has engineered its ceiling systems for design versatility, as well as ease-of-installation, with industry-leading sizes, options, and colors, as well as an exclusive universal carrier system that lets architects mix and match widths and panel depths.

One of the most versatile, consistent ceilings in the industry, 300C metal panels, creates a distinct, smooth look for any interior. These panels offer a subtle, long span design featuring a butt-joint, “bevel edge” that moderates panel-to-panel connections for an orderly, finished design. Hunter Douglas experience in designing and manufacturing ceilings is shown in every detail of their products.