Commercial Architecture May 2017 - 28
Lantern Ceiling Warms Etihad Airways Lounge
Geometric design reflects shapes found in Arabian architecture
and delivers warm, diffused light to a JFK airport lounge.
hen guests enter the new Etihad Airways lounge
warm glow emanating from within. The concept featured trian-
at JFK International Airport in New York, they
gular-shaped metal ceiling panels installed in a faceted geometric
find themselves in a private world of indulgence
pattern above the bar. To create the lantern visual, the panels
designed to be the ultimate expression of 21st century Arabian
would feature triangular-shaped perforations and translucent in-
modernism. As the national airline for the United Arab Emirates,
fill panels. The perforations would allow light to penetrate the
Etihad wanted the lounge to reflect the design of its new brand
space from fixtures behind the ceiling, and the translucent pan-
image, which draws on the geometric shapes found throughout
els would filter the light to provide a lantern-like glow.
the architecture of Abu Dhabi and its desert landscape.
Top. A lantern-ceiling design vision was realized by installing triangular-shaped MetalWorks torsion-spring
ceiling panels in a faceted geometric pattern above
Inset. The round metal panels around the high-hat
light fixtures were incorporated into the ceiling design
to give the fixtures a clean look.
COMMERCI A L A RCHI T EC T URE
While the designers had a clear vision of what they wanted
"This was an opportunity for us to translate the two-dimen-
the ceiling to look like, they needed a ceiling manufacturer that
sional Etihad brand into a three-dimensional built environment
could help bring the concept to life. The design team turned to
and share a little bit of the culture of Abu Dhabi with the world,"
the You Inspire Solutions Center at Armstrong Ceiling Solu-
said Gensler, New York, design-team manager Matt Johnson.
tions, Lancaster, PA. The center is a free service to architects,
designers, and contractors, designed to help turn one-of-a-kind
ideas, such as the lantern ceiling, into reality.
Anchoring the design is the ceiling showcased above the bar.
After reviewing the initial drawings, the design team at Arm-
The vision Gensler designers had in mind for the ceiling called
strong Ceilings realized that the Armstrong MetalWorks tor-
for a modern interpretation of an antique Persian lantern with a
sion-spring ceiling system could be customized to create the de-