Black C Max Absorb ceiling tiles with a high NRC 0.95 were chosen to ensure maximum acoustic absorption, in turn creating an extremely comfortable environment conducive to social dining. To achieve the bold and striking criteria, the black C Max Absorb tiles were combined with black CBI 24mm Grid and black Gridlux integrated seismic tee lighting in a visually powerful cross pattern.
The ceiling system combines C Max tiles, CBI grid and Gridlux lights, providing a full acoustic, seismic, lighting and aesthetic package. The system is completely installed by the ceiling contractor, who simply coordinates with the electrical contractor to provide plug points for the Gridlux lights within the ceiling plenum.
The plug-and-play seismic Gridlux lights are a New Zealand first, replacing a standard cross tee with a light, providing structural rigidity and forming an integral part of a seismic ceiling. Gridlux lights are easily held in place with three or four way brackets, screwed securely through the web of the tee. A further advantage of Gridlux is that they remove the need for traditional light panels or troffer boxes, which are often heavy and provide acoustically poor performance. Removing these traditional lights enables a larger percentage of the ceiling area to be covered in acoustic tiles, increasing the total area of absorption and reducing unwanted reverberation and parallel bounce between the ceiling and floor.
Both Gridlux and CBI Grid are available in black or white as standard, with options for anodised, powder coated or timber look alternatives. Combine this with the ability to inkjet print C Max tiles, and the possibilities for a simple grid and tile ceiling are limited only by the imagination.
T&R provides free professional lighting design services for Gridlux, free NZS 1170.5 seismic design services for CBI grid, and free acoustic reverberation calculations for acoustic tiles and panels. These services are available to all architects and designers, upon request.