The expansive renovation of the Minnesota Orchestra Hall’s event space and corridors included custom Solo acoustical wood ceilings and walls that spanned a total of 10,589 square feet. KPMB Architects from Toronto, Ontario, specified the products to be installed into the iconic orchestra hall. The outcome of the Minnesota Orchestra’s event space and corridors is spectacular, the high-level of detail and precision that was present throughout the design, manufacturing and installation stages resulted in a remarkable space that can be experienced from the inside and seen from the outside.
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.
Hexagon shaped acoustical clouds finished in Decoustics Claro, an acoustically transparent stipple texture finish. Claro attains high levels of noise absorption and light reflectance of up to 94%.