The New Rules of Office Design
Ceilings are staying raw.
Forget soundproofing, and forget spending a ton on overhead renovations. Exposed piping, heating, cooling, and, well, whatever's up there, is no longer seen as an eyesore. A coat of white paint should do the trick. Kushner's theory is that people are comfortable today knowing how their building functions – what's making it cool or hot and powering that overhead lamp. Lehrer Architects transformed a crowded 5,400 square foot warehouse into an airy, flexible workspace in 2005, and found no need to mask what was overhead.