The ceiling is the only interior surface in any building that remains largely uncovered by furnishings and decorations. Flat ceilings give nothing for the imagination to become attached to, for the reclined eye to investigate and traverse - the inverted landscape of daydreams.
A refurbishment of an apartment in a 1980's cream brick tower, this scheme is defined by the extruded triple-vault ceiling form that is adapted at an exact 1:1 scale from the entry arches of the building at street level.
The triple-vault form is modified further in plan, overcoming the typical "space sandwich" of the apartment volume by creating a unique spatial environment in each room. The vault form re-appears in every room in a different guise - as a portal, an ornament or the upper limit of a loosely defined sub-space.
The intent is to create an enjoyable and physically tangible sense of spatial variety, as well as an intriguingly-detailed ceiling over which the eye may wander at leisure. The result is a collection of rooms that each carry their own sense of atmosphere and intimacy, tied together into a recognisable whole by the simple but surprisingly varied triple-vault device.