The Ceiling

Elective, Spring 2023
Mari Hvattum

Image Credit: Tak fra Meyers gård i Kongsberg malt ca. 1725. Haakon Harriss / Norsk FolkemuseumA ceiling is the upper interior surface of a room. Sometimes simply the underside of the structure above (be it a roof or a floor), other times an independent membrane, the ceiling has an ambiguous tectonic status. Miming structure but rarely structural, and often with an unobvious materiality, ceilings offer an unsurpassed field for representation, metamorphosis, and architectural “Nachleben”.



This course explores the richness and ambiguities of the ceiling – an architectural element charged, so says Gottfried Semper, with the task of overcoming “the oppressive feeling evoked by any separation between us and the open sky.”



Originally posted Feb 7, 2023. Latest revision Jun 26, 2023.

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