AUGUST 2014 COMPETITION

 

The Dancing Ceiling ///

 

Ceilings are arguably the least adorned surface in contemporary buildings. Humans' tendency toward viewing space laterally means that ceilings are usually utilitarian white planes of sheetrock, plaster, or acoustic tile. Other than the occasional light fixture, vent, or structural member, ceilings are essentially static surfaces. What if sound could activate ceilings by dynamically affecting form, texture, and/or color? How might a ceiling react differently to footsteps, conversations, or music? What happens when a ceiling starts to dance?

 

Participants are asked to design a surface that has an inactive state of a flat white surface that is activated by different sounds. Submissions may be technical, conceptual, practical, and/or artistic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nicholas Paley

Banff, Alberta, Canada

RESULTS ///

 

Nicholas Paley

Banff, Alberta, Canada

 

Jacob Pfahl

Dayton, Ohio, United States

 

Aryan Ron

Rasht, Guilan, Iran

 

 

Federico Pellegrini

Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina

 

Marcello Schiffino

Brooklyn, New York, United States

 

Eric Lee

Hong Kong, China

 

Tom Arleo

Ithaca, New York, United States

T6
EC
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JURORS ///

 

Allison Carafa

Washington D.C., United States
M.S. in Critical, Curatorial, and Conceptual Practices in Architecture - Columbia University

 

Ryan Edwards

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

M.Arch, Wentworth Institute of Technology

Firm: Helicon Design Group

 

Paul Sheaffer

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

B.Arch Temple University

Firm:  A K Architecture

 

 

 

ENTRIES ///

 

35 entries from 13 countries.

1ST
2ND

JURY COMMENTS ///

 

"This is a technically curious and graphically beautiful response.  I imagine this system could work as a whimsical bus stop, dynamically up-lighted dance floor ceiling, or a public early warning system for seismically vulnerable cities.  Whimsical and versatile."  

"This entry is exceptionally creative, graphically rigorous, and unique in its interpretation of both sound and physical manipulation of the ceiling plane.  Very well done."

"I really like the graphic style of this entry. I enjoy that the mechanics of how the ceiling is manipulated as well as how it creates its own documentation of its movements."

 

 

 

Jacob Pfahl

Dayton, Ohio, United States

JURY COMMENTS ///

 

"This entry is graphically simple yet provides a dynamic, believable, and elegant solution to the brief's call for a "surface that is activated by different sounds."  Unlike some of the other entries which had similar parametric forms, this entry succeeds in its dynamism where others fail in their seemingly dynamic, but ultimately stagnant forms on the surface of the ceiling."

 

 

 

Aryan Ron

Rasht, Guilan, Iran

3RD

JURY COMMENTS ///

 

"Well executed concept and presentation. I can easily picture the movement of this ceiling along with music and would love it to be a reality."

"Although I would have liked to see this entry's solution respond directly to the sound of the music as it is created as opposed to one that pre-conforms, a nonetheless well thought out and aesthetically pleasing proposal, one that is certainly far more beautiful than a flat white plane."

 

 

 

Federico Pellegrini

Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina

TOP 6

JURY COMMENTS ///

 

"Interesting take on the brief, the ceiling is not activated by anything within the space but remains static and acts as a prompt for movement.  In a traditionally adorned library / study dependent upon natural light, these simple sculptural skylights will dramatically shape the character of the space throughout the day with dancing light." 

 

 

 

Marcello Schiffino

Brooklyn, New York, United States

TOP 6

JURY COMMENTS ///

 

"I would love to see something like this brightening up our subways and ceilings in general. A nice way of making information seen that is not usually seen."

 

Eric Lee

Hong Kong, China

TOP 6

JURY COMMENTS ///

 

"Apart from floating unprotected in the cosmos, I'd like to occupy this space.  Imagine how much could be added to the musical experience if a ceiling were made of gossamer ribbons sensitive to the pressure of the piano keys or the music they produce, while simultaneously affecting the acoustics of the room."  

 

Tom Arleo

Ithaca, New York, United States

Editor's Choice

Bennett Oh

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Anders Tversted

Copenhagen, Denmark

Dinesh Ashok Lohar

Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Ada Erdem

New York City, New York, United States

Tony Manero

Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

Will Ogburn

Arlington, Texas, United States

Tuan Nguyen

Arlington, Texas, United States

Shubham Chaudhary

Sonepat, Haryana, India 

Felix Sieker

Cologne, Northrhine Westphalia, Germany

Alejandra Aviles

Arlington, Texas, United States

Bologea Raoul Sebastian

Resita, Caras-Severin, Romania

Jessie Couture

Wilmington, Vermont, United States

Mabel Loh Sheu Whye

Sungai Petani, Kedah, Malaysia

Christopher Box

Arlington, Texas, United States

Astrid Sukur

Grand Prairie, Texas, United States

Mabel Loh Sheu Whye

Sungai Petani, Kedah, Malaysia

Nikos Vandoros

Piraeus, Greece

Olakunle Oni

Arlington, Texas, United States

Mabel Loh Sheu Whye

Sungai Petani, Kedah, Malaysia

Will Ogburn

Arlington, Texas, United States

Ayman Yassir Ahmed 

Khartoum, Sudan

 

Christopher Box

Arlington, Texas, United States

David Jasinski

Fort Worth, Texas, United States

Mabel Loh Sheu Whye

Sungai Petani, Kedah, Malaysia

Sanya Bolia

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Christopher Box

Arlington, Texas, United States

Will Ogburn

Arlington, Texas, United States

Radhika Radhakrishnan

Muscat, Oman