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Stretch Master Barrisol Ceiling Illuminates Airport Check-In Area

Completed in July 2016, this refurbishment of a premium check-in area at Auckland Airport features an eye-catching backlit Barrisol stretch PVC ceiling supplied and installed by Stretch Master Ceilings.

Design Director, David Morgan of CPRW Fisher Architects had previously specified Stretch Master's Barrisol stretch PVC ceilings on other projects and had been extremely pleased with the result. The lightweight fabric panels can be manufactured to bespoke designs and are installed by Stretch Master's experienced Barrisol installers who work to heat the panels (which are supplied 7% smaller than required), and then stretch them into place.

The design freedom Barrisol offers with its impressive range of colours, textures and designs, along with additional options for backlighting, curves and 3D customisation, meant that he could design a custom solution suitable for the check-in lounge. "The space was long and narrow, so the idea was to introduce an element of interest at a high level to increase the perception of height," explains Morgan. "Barrisol also provided the flexibility to change the mood of the space at different times of day by changing the colour of backlighting." 

Working alongside the Stretch Master team, Morgan created a striking 2D design. "The initial design created an undulating effect, but once on site a shortage of space meant a rethink to a flat design. The Stretch Master team was very flexible and adapted the design to accommodate site constraints."

Custom alloy frames for the Barrisol product were built by Stretch Master and installed on site prior to the panels. Blanc Venus from the Translucides range was selected to create the semi-transparent back-lit panels. The Barrisol product, which was sized and ordered from manufacturers in France, was delivered within 21 days, keeping the project right on time. 

On site, Stretch Master installers heated the custom built triangular shapes and stretched them over the frames. The intricate level of detail in the custom design meant installers worked over three nights to ensure the ceiling was perfect. Standard Barrisol ceilings take approximately 6-8 hours. Unlike traditional ceilings, Barrisol is dust and debris free, meaning time was saved on clean up — something which was especially important as installers had to work around other trades in order to meet the strict timeframes of the airport project.

The final result is a striking backlit ceiling which welcomes passengers in style. "The ceiling light was integral to the success of the project by helping to ensure we achieved the visual effect we were after," concludes Morgan, "I'm very happy with Barrisol and would specify it again."

Architect: CPRW Fisher/Aecon
Main Contractor: Alaska Construction
Project Manager: Frequency Projects
Quantity Surveryor: Ryder Levett Bucknell
Product: Barrisol PVC Ceiling

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