As an architect, choosing a ceiling tile for a project is as much about meeting Council requirements as it is about design and aesthetics. The art of the architect is to take a vision and turn it into a three-dimensional design reality that is exciting but also meets the functional requirements of Council.
When Ray McElroy of Mortlock McElroy Architects was designing the Carl's Jr. store in Otahuhu, Auckland, he was looking for a ceiling tile that could meet all these prerequisites.
Ray chose the Fenta Ceiling Tile, a tile Mortlock McElroy Architects has been using for around 30 years – formerly under its brand name Hardiglaze Ceiling Tile – now known as Fenta Ceiling Tile.
"It shows durability," says McElroy. "We have been using that product for three decades and it has stood the test of time."
"Fenta has proven to be easily cleaned, it has a robust surface finish that will cope with the rigours of a commercial kitchen environment. When it comes to meeting Council approval, Fenta Ceiling Tiles comply with all the requirements. For me, as an architect, that is one less compliance issue to deal with."
Internationally, Carl's Jr. has a history going back 70 years. When it comes to the fit-outs of each of its New Zealand sites, it's important to Carl's Jr. that the products used are just as longstanding as its history serving premium quality burgers.
"Alongside its durability, it does help that the Fenta Ceiling Tile [being white and shiny] bounces light around the space,” says McElroy. "And, for a kitchen prep area, all materials need to be the ultimate in cleanliness and hygiene. So yes, it has lived up to all our expectations."