We often talk about how much students of different years work and interact with each other but the Sprint Project epitomizes that. At PhilaU, the Sprint Project is one of best opportunities for students to learn. During the week, it’s common to see groups of grads and undergrads together trolling the halls deep in conversation, working in concert to innovate and find solutions. Though the project itself is important, it means more than just getting an assignment done – all the students come to appreciate the vast human resources in the school and the value of working together. For the grad students, Sprint is a great chance to teach and learn with the undergrads. A huge amount of design work is done but more importantly, relationships are built that last long after the project – and even the program – is long over.
This year’s Sprint Project with Armstrong saw 27 design teams exploring 4 distinct areas: Discontinuous Ceilings, Modular Geometrics, Vertical Installations/Blades and Low Relief/3D Ceilings. One final design was chosen as the winner in each category. Read on to learn the details about each teams’ winning design:
The winning design in the Discontinuous Ceilings category was entitled “Floating Planes”. Planes suspended from a grid system create customizable designs that bridge the barrier between ceilings and walls. The pre-assembled units utilize the full spectrum of Armstrong’s acoustic and and light refracting material. The panels are slid into place and are fully interchangeable to reflect shifts in the room’s usage.
In the Modular Geometrics category, top honors went to the “GeoLIFT” project, a solution designed address the needs of the retrofit market – an important part of Armstrong’s customer base. GeoLIFT’s angled modular units sit within the existing suspension system to lift or drop points along the perimeter of the tiles. The result is dramatic visual change and enhanced the acoustics that require minimal installation time and investment.
The simple and elegant “Weave” project won first prize in the Low Relief/3D Ceilings category. Weave is another project designed to fit into an existing drop ceiling tile suspension system. Curved panels are made of formed jute and incorporate edge banding or a fabric surface treament. Brackets are connected by way of puncture and barb and allow the panel to completely hide the existing ceiling grid.
The SkyWave project, a baffle system visually inspired by soundwaves was the winner in the Vertical Installations/Blades category. This design uses a heat-bent panels that form modular units which lock together to create a wide array of large-scale arrangements. An optional lighting system was also designed that utilizes the baffles as both a light diffuser and support.