For the checkout area at City Gross in Värmdö, we were asked to create a calmer space to help shoppers wind down and relax. An effective way to do so is to lower the ceiling, and make it seem solid and substantial.
A CALM SPACE
The ceiling we made gives the impression of being of wood, but is in fact a panel ceiling of laminated aluminium. Using – or appearing to use – natural materials certainly fits with the times, while also creating a pleasantly airy space. The ceiling is of laminated aluminum, but to the untrained eye looks like glazed ash. The panels slope slightly – another way of enclosing, and aesthetically pleasing. The sense of enclosure compared to other areas is key to making the space feel less hectic. The glazed ash is a recurring visual feature, seen here in the food court.