I'm always a sucker for even the most basic of decorative ceiling structures, on the occasion that I come across one in a hotel or even just a cafe. With some experience in fabrication and installation, I know just how big of a commitment these kinds of purely ornamental elements can be.
So when I see an especially intricate structure- of any scope or scale- suspended above a room or mounted to a wall, I appreciate it. Not only because the design is often worthy of admiration, but because somebody probably had to passionately stand behind it through multiple design meetings, or protect it through several budget cuts. Somebody who loved it probably had to will it into physical being.
With that said, March Studio- the talented and clearly very passionate group of individuals responsible for creating the ambitious lobby of the Nishi Building in Canberra, Australia- has just raised the bar considerably.
This process, inspiration and philosophy led to the sourcing of reclaimed timber collected from a house; a basketball court; from the Nishi construction site itself; and from off cuts of Nishi’s own lovely Blackbutt (Eucalyptus pilularis) timber façade.
Now to the making. The ceiling feature consists of 2150 pieces of said reclaimed wood and “then shiteloads more in the stair”, and 1200 steel rods holding the wood into place. Because of the different wood widths and sizes, no two steel rods are the same, and each has been individually designed with holes of different widths, and at different distances to each other. Sam showed me some of his drawings that I have posted below so you can get an idea of the intricate, precise and just plain mental nature of these details.