Exposed ductwork: helping to create the ‘industrial aesthetic’.
In buildings with high ceilings and open space like a large warehouse or an open plan office, exposed ductwork can be a particularly impressive, eye-catching feature, and for good reason.
Achieving this effect is, however, more complicated than it seems. Air conditioning ductwork increasingly serves a purpose beyond its practical application, often presented as a design element in its own right. Of course, functionality should be the primary consideration when ducting is chosen, but appearance can be factored in if the designer of a mechanical system has a good understanding of the client’s objectives and plans for the installation.
This understanding is important because the variety of processes involved in the production of ductwork means the final colour, texture and brightness of the product surface can vary greatly.