November 14, 2019

10 Great Grid Ceilings

Lock your eyes on these 10 grid-style ceilings—adding geometric interest to projects that range from a boutique hotel in Poland to a world-famous museum in New York City.

1. Four Open, Airy Residences Located Around the World

Photography by Roland Halbe.

In a seaside Matanzas, Chile residence conceived by architect Cristián Izquierdo, 174 raw wood ceiling “boxes” house minuscule skylights, uniformly bathing the interior in a saturated wash of daylight. Read more about this project

2. Puro Lodz Hotel by ASW Architekci and Superfutures Honors a Polish City’s Rich Artistic Heritage

Photography by Anna Stathaki.

At a Lodz, Poland hotel by ASW Architekci and Superfutures, the bar outside the hotel’s own cinema offers a stylish spot to sit and celebrate the city’s filmmaking culture. Read more about this project

3. MoMA Reopens After Renovation by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Gensler

Photography by Iwan Baan, courtesy of MoMA.

The waffle ceiling in MoMA’s double-height Flagship Museum Store is just part of the recently unveiled renovation and expansion by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Gensler, which added more than 40,000 square feet across the museum’s six stories. Read more about this project

4. Architecture + Information Creates a Combined Office for Two Divisions of a New York Financial-Services Firm

Photography by Magda Biernat.

For a Manhattan financial-services firm relocating to 55 Hudson Yards, Architecture + Information devised a lobby-lounge with recessed lighting set in a sculptural ceiling grid, finished in a coat of white paint. Read more about this project

5. Robert McKinley’s Montrose Cheese & Wine and Rosie Cannonball Bring 1960s Europe to Houston

Photography by Julie Soefer Photography.

At Goodnight Hospitality’s 800-square-foot Montrose Cheese & Wine, Studio Robert McKinley used the same oiled white oak that forms the custom banquettes to construct a grid across the ceiling. Read more about this project

6. BradyWilliams’s Design for Bob Bob Cité in London is Out of This World

Photography courtesy of BradyWilliams.

For upscale brasserie Bob Bob Cité, London firm BradyWilliams conceived grids of vertical columns and beams for the open ceilings, clad in rosewood panels and mirror-polished stainless steel. Read more about this project

7. Latitude Architectural Group Goes Geometric for CupOne Coffee Shop in Beijing

Photography by Hector Pei.

Entrusted with the design for the 3,300-square-foot CupOne coffee shop in eastern Beijing, the Latitude Architectural Group looked to geometry. The ceiling’s whitewashed lattice boxes are bisected to form triangles. Read more about this project

8. Morning Glory Blooms in San Diego Thanks to Basile Studio


At Morning Glory in San Diego’s Little Italy, Basile Studio brightened low dining room ceilings with a laser-etched mirror finish, which is backlit and trimmed in high-gloss walnut and maple. Read more about this project

9. Olea All Suite Hotel by Block722 Architects+: 2018 Best of Year Winner for Large Resort

Photography by Claus Brechenmacher/Reiner Baumann Photography.

A nature-inspired bathroom in a Zakynthos, Greece resort by Block722 Architects+ is sybaritic yet organic—and entirely modernist. Read more about this project

10. 4 Modernist Homes in Europe Get a Makeover

Photography by Helenio Barbetta/Living Inside. Styling by Chiara dal Canto.

For Droulers Architecture, updating a 1950s structure in Lugano, Switzerland meant working with existing elements like the raw concrete-block ceiling. Read more about this project

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