“Look at ceilings. Pay attention to them. How high are they? Why are some ceilings almost within your reach, and others are higher? Some are much higher. Have you ever noticed that you usually don’t see ceilings unless you look up? Have you ever been in a big room that had a ceiling that was always in your view? Felt strange didn’t it? What does it feel like to be in one of those hotel lobbies with a ceiling that’s 10 stories above your head? Is it comfortable? Uncomfortable? How do you feel sitting in a booth in a restaurant that has a ceiling that’s low over the booths around the edge of the room? Is that cozy, or oppressive?
“Schools teach a tiny bit about art appreciation, but teach even less about architecture. And what they do teach about it, they never teach spatial awareness, which is one of the key influences in building design. At least for ceiling heights, people, including designers, seem to have a natural sense about ceiling heights. But other spatial effects are less understood, and design tends to be less informed in the other two dimensions.” ~ with permission, R. Jardee (from a Facebook post)
As we move through our environment it’s helpful to look up to see what is over our heads, lest we miss something interesting or important. Spaces created by the intersections of walls and ceilings help us know where we stand. Here are some ceilings I’ve experienced over the years.
And for fun, consider this perspective on ceilings…