Canam Interiors


Contract Type

Design & Construct


Jan 2016



Sandfields fit-out

A unique ceiling for a unique business

Software developers Sandfield sought a vibrant space to reflect their innovative business approach when they fitted out their new headquarters in Ponsonby. 

Forman worked with architects, Archimedia and specialist metal manufacturer, Metal Concepts to develop a custom-designed ceiling for Sandfield that reflects the directional idea of a waka or wave. The 450m2 ceiling consists of 255 individual perforated anodised aluminium triangle ceiling panels, bolted together in clusters of four or five panels to form 66 large panels up to 5.5m in length.

The complex design required Forman to continually think outside the square in installing the ceiling:

  • Each ceiling panel was hung at its own specific angle. The result of this design detail was that every time four points of the different triangle panels came together they formed a low or high point in the ceiling. This resulted in the ceiling creating 198 different ceiling heights / set-out points for its installation 
  • Identifying a means of fixing all the individual panels together during installation (including coordinating the restraining of the ceiling panels and the services to meet the seismic requirements of NZS 1170.5 and NZS 4219) was a significant challenge. Forman was awarded a contract variation to brace air conditioning, lighting and services as well as the ceiling installation. By enabling greater coordination between activities, this significantly reduced the programme for the main contractor and ensured a full compliant finished product for the architect and building owner. 
  • Maintaining access to building services was a significant challenge. Forman developed a custom-designed hatch solution, whereby the large ceiling panels detached from the seismic grid and safely dropped 1.15m via restraint chains to allow access for service technicians.

Project Partners

Name Archimedia

Role Designer

Name Sandfields

Role Developer