I once read that some of the world’s most glorious sights can only be experienced if you crane your neck. I am very fortunate to have developed that habit when I got to work overseas, here in Riyadh. I can now boastfully asseverate the statement. I could not blame my neck for Saudi Arabia, particularly in Riyadh, is adorned with spectacular ceilings that are surely meant to make one’s neck stretch out.
From what I can remember back in the day, the ceiling was nothing but an essential part of a building, used to hide pipework, ductwork, and/or cabling. Nobody wants to look at it.
It was a humbling era for ceilings then until I got to a place where interior architecture is like everything when it comes to buildings particularly business establishments (i.e., restaurants and malls)—an essential element of building services. It is high time to make them take center stage with their improved, modernized aesthetics while showcasing the obvious intricate work behind their enviable “first impression last vibe” here in Riyadh.
Take a look at these nine random masterpieces that are a case in point of different visual effects—from simple to complex or plain to elaborate.
1. The Cheesecake Factory
2. Nando’s Tahlia
3. Hayat Mall
4. King Khalid International Airport
5. P.F. Chang’s
6. Tokyo Restaurant
7. Saudi Railway Station
8. Granada Center
9. Riyadh Park
From what can be gleaned above, it is safe to say that ceilings have evolved over time. They now reflect not only architectural but economic and other influences of the day. As a collective unit, they could be considered to be one of modern aesthetics’ examples apart from the arts’.
So the next time you visit a building, see to it that you crane your neck not overlook the ceilings.
Cheers to a more vibrant year!
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