- Transitional Ceiling to Wall Paneling System for Armstrong USA
- Transitions was a week long school based design project sponsored by the Armstrong USA ceiling division. The challenge was to design a product or system from concept to prototyping in a team comprised of a senior, junior, and two freshman.
Our thought process behind the transitional paneling was that since sound can be trapped in corners, causing echoed acoustics, why couldn't we create a way to absorb excess sound and dampen ambient noise in loud, high traffic areas in a space.
The added benefit of the system became that it can be retrofitted in existing drop ceiling constructions and provide an aesthetic transition between Armstrong's ceiling and wall paneling systems.
The brief we were assigned was to utilize modular geometrics to develop a dynamic acoustic wall paneling system. The process began with an initial brainstorming and sketching session. After which we presented our designs looking for trends and commonalities to perform additional research.
We continued to develop form studies of our concepts to find out how different patterns could be created through our shaped panels.
In Day 3 we had to narrow down our concepts and begin to deliver a preliminary design presentation. For this presentation, we wanted to showcase to possibilities with our direction of ideas. In order to do this we made mock ups both in small paper scale as well as rough solidworks examples to be able to show the designs in context.
- Two of the small scale paper mock ups used to illustrate our design directions.
- This context image we presented was a kite panel and suspension system that could provide texture as well as a perceived direction of focus and dispersion of sound.
After our presentation to the designers at Armstrong USA, we decided to pursue a concept we called "Cutting Corners." This design's premise was that by eliminating corner reverberations of sound, we could greatly dampen the echo effect in busy rooms and corridors. Day 4 was a day of experimenting with the materials the client was already using to produce different shapes and styles, creating a acoustic crown molding.
- By creating different spans and depths of cuts in the ceiling tile sheets, we discovered you could create tight and complex shapes for the paneling system.
With lots of possibilities with form, the next thing to tackle was the installation process as well as hardware to support the new panels.
The Final Result
- The transitional acoustic paneling system has been designed to retro fit into current drop ceiling grids and become a housing that supports both Armstong's wall and ceiling panel systems.
- The main bracket for the transitional paneling is formed by metal extrusion and can fit a standard florescent tube light. It can be formed in a variety of styles and becomes an accent piece, much like the crown molding in a home.
- At the end of the week long project, the groups gathered together in an exhibition to present their products to the Armstrong designers, engineers, and marketing team.