Application: Museum


The new headquarters of the maker of notable whiskies, cognac and other fine spirits – The Sazerac Company – has recently opened its doors after a $50 million renovation. An empty and majestic five-story 1860-era New Orleans building was reborn with state-of-the-art museum focusing on spirits history, complete with a working distillery and interior finishes that capture the essence of a 19th century New Orleans drinking experience. Decoustics has custom-engineered and manufactured acoustical, micro-perforated Mahogany Rondolo planks that are direct mounted on the ceiling. Micro-perforations virtually disappear at a distance to deliver that authentic look and feel, while absorbing noises inside the busy museum. Reaching NRC levels of up to 0.95 the noises are mitigated and crisp sounds are carried to the visitors’ ears.

Newly renovated Amon Carter Museum of American Art explores the diversity and complexity of American creativity through expansive collection and exciting exhibitions. Lighting and acoustics inside the gallery are an integral part of the entire museum experience and were the driving objectives behind museum’s renovation this summer.

Collaborating with Schwartz/Silver Architects and lighting and museum design firm George Sexton Associates, Decoustics was involved early in the project to deliver a custom-engineered solution for this unique ceiling which provides even illumination resembling natural light, has excellent noise absorbing properties and allows access to the plenum. Our LightFrame Profile A was selected for this project and came a single-source system complete with: acoustical translucent fabric panels, LED light source and accessible suspension. Translucent LightFrame panels have acoustical Volare IA-85-OP fabric on the face to achieve soft light diffusion. The LED lights configuration and dimmers were tailored specifically for this space to attain the desired brightness and color temperature, and they are fixed onto an absorptive panel for added acoustical performance. The entire ceiling is suspended on swing-down aluminum Profile A system and allows effortless access to the plenum.

Decoustics is the only manufacturer capable of meeting such complex project parameters and delivering a custom solution as a single-source supplier. The result is a beautiful and functional ceiling, well illuminated space and environment with controlled acoustics for a pleasant experience inside the museum.

Art gallery

Museum with white ceiling

Pre-curved Fabric panels finished with DWF-200 fabric are direct suspended to achieve the radial shape and allow panels to be installed in a barrel vault configuration. Joint lines are clean and seamless. Fabric panels have a vapor barrier on the back to prevent soling and attain high noise reduction coefficient delivering great acoustic performance inside this spacious museum exhibition hall.

Large Solo Panels are suspended from custom-engineered Ceilencio® grid that consists of a proprietary concealed extruded aluminum grid and butterfly connectors. The ceiling is 100% downwardly accessible via a unique torsion spring mechanism which permits individual panels to be “hinged” down (or completely removed if necessary) for access to mechanical and electrical services. The grid is suspended using hanger wires, rods or similar suspension components.

One of the key components of the dramatic lobby design is a custom-engineered Ceilencio® ceiling system with Claro® panels. Ceilencio gave Boston design architect Machado and Silvetti Associates complete freedom to create a beautiful 3,600 square-foot geometric ceiling design, featuring diamond-shaped panels that measure 11 feet x 8 feet. An integrated acoustical ceiling panel system with endless possibilities, Ceilencio offered a custom-engineered grid, ceiling panels and butterfly clips designed and manufactured to meet the specific demands of the challenging design, as well as the color the architect needed to complement the surrounding structure.

Ceilencio consists of a proprietary concealed extruded aluminum grid and panels with a clear vapor retarder backing. The grid is easy to install and 100-percent downward accessible via a unique torsion spring mechanism, which permits individual panels to be “hinged” down — or completely removed, if necessary — for convenient access to mechanical and electrical services. The grid is suspended using hanger wires, rods and similar suspension components.