The Continuous Wood Ceilings Trend: Warmth and Texture Indoors and Outdoors

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The Continuous Wood Ceilings Trend: Warmth and Texture Indoors and Outdoors, Single Family Home / Indievisual AG. Image Courtesy of Prodema

Many practitioners and theorists of modern architecture favored large open plans, looming glass windows, and through both of these means, an unencumbered connection to nature. To do so, many iconic modernist buildings would use cantilevered roofs extending over glass curtainwalls, including Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House and Pierre Koenig’s Case Study House #22. In the years since this trend was popularized, however, a seemingly niche yet cumbersome problem would present itself: the problem of continuous wood ceilings.

Wooden ceilings are an obvious choice for aesthetic reasons: they provide warmth and texture to most environments, nurturing a rustic, homely atmosphere that can bring comfort to any space. Especially in designs that aim to reconnect with nature, a wooden ceiling combined with glass windows can feel incredibly natural, extending the beauty of the outdoors into an interior, protected space. Yet in designs with cantilevered roofs, the wooden roofing for the interior needs to be suitable for the exterior as well if it extends past the building’s walls and into the underside of the hanging canopies.

Multi-Family Housing / Indievisual AG. Image Courtesy of Prodema

As a solution to this issue, the wood covering company Prodema has designed a new range of wood panels called Soffit Panels. Manufactured to be installed on exterior surfaces, particularly on balconies, soffits, or lower canopies, they can also be applied without problems indoors. Facilitating a new trend of continuous wood ceilings, these simultaneously durable and aesthetic panels allow architects to design for greater continuity in indoor and outdoor spaces, blurring the boundary between nature and shelter even further.

The benefits of the Soffit range are many, including easy installation, no maintenance, and, of course, heightened visual appeal. Made from real wood, the Prodema Soffit is not only naturally textured and toned, but it is more durable than traditional soffits, which typically soften and peel if not maintained properly.

Below, we consider three case studies that use the Prodema Soffit panel in beautiful and unique ways.

Single Family Home / Indievisual AG

This single-family residential design could be taken out of a modernist design handbook, with its floor-to-ceiling glass windows, cantilevered flat roof, open-plan interior, and remote location; in fact, it was directly inspired by Philip Johnson’s famous Glass House. The house uses Prodema’s Grey Eucalyptus Soffit panels on the underside of its roof, which cantilevers past the glass windows and hangs over the sides of the walls. The wood extends uninterrupted throughout both interior ceiling and exterior canopy, reaching into the surrounding forest and connecting the home to its immediate natural environment.

Single Family Home / Indievisual AG. Image Courtesy of Prodema
Single Family Home / Indievisual AG
Single Family Home / Indievisual AG

Multi-Family Housing / Indievisual AG

This multi-family housing structure continues the typology of floor-to-ceiling glass windows and cantilevered roofs, yet it does so across multiple floors accommodating multiple groups of residents. Again, the Soffit panels—this time in the White American Oak finish—continue across both interior and exterior, on the underside of the above balconies. The highly textured finish of the panels complements the building’s overall simplicity in design.

Multi-Family Housing / Indievisual AG. Image Courtesy of Prodema
Multi-Family Housing / Indievisual AG
Multi-Family Housing / Indievisual AG

Cultural Centre / Indievisual AG

This cultural building draws design inspiration from the Bauhaus Collection in Alvaro Siza’s Chinese Museum of Design. Creating an immense, geometric stone mass in light, warm colors, the center uses Prodema’s Grey Ayous wood soffit to clad the ceiling of an outdoor covered public square.

Cultural Centre / Indievisual AG. Image Courtesy of Prodema
Cultural Centre / Indievisual AG
Cultural Centre / Indievisual AG

Read more on Prodema’s Soffit panel series here.

Removable partition LINE


Type: removable, modular

Material: glazed

Applications: for offices

Other characteristics: transparent


Compact and solid ,both in appearance and substance, LINE is a versatile partition wall with vertical modules that fit well in any type of setting and can be easily integrated in all the other systems proposed by Ge Giussani. Extremely flexible system, both in terms of size and materials. Modules completely solid, mixed modules with solid and glass panes in various sizes. LINE meets the various needs of users as regards as organization and functional changes in the working environments. It is characterized by an inner metal structure and a double paneling with vertical modularity .Essential elements of the system: modules with internal bearing structure ,with vertical uprights and horizontal stringers on which the double chipboard panels 18 mm thick , the aluminum profiles and the double glazing are fixed, one on each side.

Removable partition K EVO


for offices
Other characteristics


The K EVO partition wall is a single glass system with single hollow profiles with variable adjustments, able ​to absorb dimensional wall tolerance. K EVO glass walls are stratified and can be transparent, etched, serigraphed or decorated with adhesive film. Stratified glass guarantees a better sound isolation. All spaces visually connect each other through the glasses that define the surrounding spaces. The K evo partition wall is a single glazed system with single hollow profiles and variable adjustment to absorb the dimensional wall tolerance.

Metal Wall Systems – Matrix | Morin Corp.

  • Use

    Exterior cladding
  • Applications

    Rainscreen wall panels, rear-ventilated facades, metal wall, architectural panels
  • Characteristics

    Can be combined with other panel types, concealed fasteners, ten profiles, cladding
  • Presentation / packaging

    Horizontal, vertical
  • Sizes

    Length: 5′ (1.52m) to 30′ (9.14m) Standard | Depth: 1-1⁄2” (38mm) | Cover width: 12” (305mm)

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More about this product

Morin Corporation is specialized in roll forming of Architectural heavier gauge single skin metal wall and metal roof systems. They manufacture over 100 profiles of architectural panels for any size of project. Alongside panels, Morin Corporation offers a complete suite of metal cladding finishes which include perforations, corners, coordinated louvers and fasteners, and custom extrusions.

The Morin Metal Wall architectural panel selection consists of three series which use the same joining techniques and can be used in a mix and match fashion. The Matrix Series® is a, concealed fastener rain screen, metal wall panel system with ten profiles.


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Material Options

  • Galvalume/Zincalume Painted Steel
    • 20 GA (.91mm) 22 GA
  • Aluminum
    • .050 GA(1.27mm) and .040 Ga (1mm)
  • Stainless Steel
    • 22 G (.76mm) / 24 GA (.60mm)
  • Zinc
    • 20 GA (1mm) / 22 GA (.91mm)
  • Natural Copper
    • 20 oz. / 16 oz.

Morin Corporation can provide on-site installation guidance and technical staff to help with drawings, design, cost-saving ideas and technical knowledge.

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indoor tile


indoor, outdoor
wall, for floors
porcelain stoneware
Shape and sizes
rectangular, square
stone look
Other characteristics
non-slip, frost-resistant
8 mm, 8.2 mm (0.3 in)


A collection in stone-effect porcelain stoneware, specially designed for the outdoors! An expressive colour palette that brings the best out of a collection of tiles renowned for their practicality, aesthetics and strength.

Retractable Insect Screen and Blind – S1 Screen | Centor

  • Use

    Insect screen and blind
  • Applications

    Residential and commercial
  • Characteristics

    Pair with folding/french/sliding doors, available in three configurations, retractable system

More about this product

Centor’s award-winning S1 Screen suits openings up to 7600m (42’) wide. As a retractable system, there are no pleats or sliding panels to impede the view. Operating with just a fingertip, the screen discreetly disappears into its frame when not in use. The insect screen can be paired with a blind in a multi-function system for complete versatility.

Available in three configurations:

  • Single: a screen or blind, extending from one side of the frame across the entire opening, up to 3900mm (12’) wide
  • Multi-function: a screen and blind, with one material type in the right frame and the other in the left, each extends across the entire opening up to 3900mm (12’) wide
  • Double: two screens or blinds (in one material type) meeting in the middle up of an opening up to 7600mm (24’) wide

Features and Advantages

  • Cycle testing to 400,000 operations in a laboratory and collision tested with a 17kg (38lb) punching bag.
  • Operate the robust screen from any height on the stile.
  • Load-balancing technology ensures the screen remains in any chosen position until moved aside.
  • A self-feeding mechanism will feed the mesh onto the roll as the screen is retracted if it blows out of the top or bottom track.
  • Screens and blinds are accessible for service or replacement.
  • The frame is available in a range of powder-coat colors, natural anodized or real timber veneer.
  • Charcoal insect mesh made from hard-wearing polyester/PVC.
  • Sun-filter blinds are available in six colors with 5% openness.


Max. frame width

  • Double system 7600mm (24′)
  • Single or Multi-function system 3900mm (12′)

Max. frame height

  • With Screen 3200mm (10′)
  • With Blind 2450mm (7’6”)

Ventilated Curtain Wall – Europanel® | POHL

  • Use

    Ventilated facades, wall cladding
  • Applications

    Ventilated curtain wall system for residential, commercial or corporate
  • Characteristics

    Back-ventilated, choice of material, rounded edges, connection solutions for common window profiles, no wear-prone seals
  • Sizes

    Up to 2.500 x 6.000 mm

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POHL‘s ventilated rainscreen facades can be adapted to individual customer wishes and combined with virtually any material and any type of surface. Each system is suit – able for both outdoor and indoor use.


Large metal coffers, up to 6000 millimeters (19.5 ft) long with rounded edges and only one hairline joint at the outside corners, ensure a high-quality building envelope with a spotlessly smooth appearance. The highlights of the POHL rainscreen facade system are the hidden pin hinges (POHL pins) and the integrated drainage profile.

Silk Metal™ Microperf Acoustical Panels | Acoustical Surfaces

  • Use

    Walls, Ceiling, Interior
  • Applications

    Commercial, residential, corporate, healthcare, cultural, industrial
  • Characteristics

    Acoustic insulation, micro-perforated, reduce sound reflections, smooth appearance, installs into 15/16″ ceiling grid
  • Format

    Slabs / Plates / Panels, Tiles
  • Colors

    White, black or anodized finishes
  • Certification

    AEMIC Tested

More about this product

Acoustical Surfaces Silk Metal™ Ceiling Tiles are designed to reduce sound reflections with soundabsorbing micro-perforations in the aluminum material. These metal panels have an excellent NRC Rating of 0.80 and are available as either tegular or flat tiles. Available in white, black, or anodized finishes, the surface resembles smooth silk-like fabric and the ceiling tiles can be easily installed into a standard 15/16” ceiling grid.

Acoustical Surfaces Silk Metal™ uses a patented angled micro-perforation method in contrast to traditional 90° punching methods, giving it an ideal surface to absorb wave energy from sound and electromagnetic waves, as well as for heat mitigation.


  • Tegular or flat lay-in ceilings
  • White, black, anodized & custom printing available
  • Cost-effective
  • Installs into standard 15/16” grid
  • Available as custom wall panels
  • NRC Rating – 0.80 NRC (per ASTM C423) with a 4” airspace, no liner needed
  • Resembles smooth fabric surface
  • Achieves acoustical value without acoustical liner
  • Tested for AEMIC (acoustical & electromagnetic interference control) capabilities


  • Restaurants
  • Pro Audio/Studios
  • Home Theaters
  • Public Spaces
  • Offices
  • Airports
  • Concert Halls
  • Night Clubs
  • Practice Rooms
  • Swimming Pools
  • Cafeterias
  • Shopping Malls
  • Conference Rooms
  • Classrooms
  • Hospitals
  • Lobbies
  • Department Stores
  • Exhibition Spaces
  • Train Stations
Appearance Flat or Tegular
Stock Colors & Sizes 23¾″ × 23¾″, White – 3/8″ – Tegular Edge
23¾″ × 23¾″, Black – 5/8″ – Tegular Edge
Maximum Panel Size 26¾″ × 78¾″

Silk Metal Ceiling Tile – Sound Absorption Coefficients

125Hz 250Hz 500Hz 1KHz 2KHz 4KHz NRC
Silk Metal 0.86 0.94 0.65 0.77 0.76 0.75 0.80

Glass Future Prize

Glass Future Prize

This new WAF prize, sponsored by Guardian Glass, will be awarded to a Future Project entry which points to new ways in which glass and glass technology can be deployed in projects of any scale.

This is a free-to-enter prize, and all WAF Future Project shortlisted entries will potentially be eligible.

Between eight and ten selected entries will be presented by the shortlisted architects to a special WAF jury on the morning of Friday 30 November in Amsterdam. The winner will be announced and will receive their trophy at the Gala Awards Dinner in the Beurs van Berlage that evening.

Supported by:

VTN Architects, Nanoco Head Office / Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

VTN Architects, Nanoco Head Office / Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Fluid Motion Architects, Tehran World Trade Center / Tehran, Iran

Fluid Motion Architects, Tehran World Trade Center / Tehran, Iran
Lund Hagem Architects and Atelier Oslo, Deichman Library / Oslo, Norway

Lund Hagem Architects and Atelier Oslo, Deichman Library / Oslo, Norway
RB Systems, 265 West 45th Street / New York City, United States of America

RB Systems, 265 West 45th Street / New York City, United States of America
Steven Chilton Architects, Wuxi Taihu Show Theatre / Wuxi, China

Steven Chilton Architects, Wuxi Taihu Show Theatre / Wuxi, China
Studio Gang, Tour Montparnasse / Paris, France

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