“We tried to think about things expressive of Southwest Airlines. Many of the design elements are curved, reminiscent of wings. We had fun playing with analogies of airflow over wings and how we could capture that in the design. I feel the ceiling really encapsulate this in an exciting, playful way,”
Innovative ceiling in new flight operations control
CertainTeed, the US distributor of Gyptone products, provided a ceiling system to Southwest Airlines for its Network Operations Control (NOC) centre at its recently built Training and Operational Support building in Dallas, USA.
According to BOKA Powell, the Dallas-based architects who created the structure, the intent behind its design was to create a beautiful, structurally sound facility and to organise employees for efficient, streamlined work.
The interior, which is reminiscent of an airplane’s wings, plays with design elements to expedite communication among employees. A curved, acoustic ceiling has the leading role in this effort, providing an NRC of 0.70 and offering high light reflectance to disperse the centre’s ambient blue lighting, which was installed to keep employees alert.
The curved Gyptone boards played a vital role in arriving at the impressive design effect.