Aperture Trim Feature

Aperture SkyCeilings

Research-verified illusions of nature™

Aperture SkyCeilings generate a palpable illusion of open space. The curvilinear perimeter draws the eye upward into the perceived depth of the skylight. Aperture’s unseen mechanical design delivers a sky view without visible boundaries, ideal for interiors seeking the most natural feeling of open sky.

Aperture’s dramatic biophilic illusion is
created by its triple-tiered mechanical design.

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No More Grid

The internal structure of the Aperture SkyCeiling forgoes the familiar support grid usually positioned between image panels (SkyTiles). Instead, the image panels feature an unobstructed view of the entire circular or elliptical opening.

The absence of a grid creates ambiguity for the mind as to whether or not an image surface exists, thereby supporting the perceived illusion of vertical open space.

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The Interstice

Aperture’s new mechanical design features an empty space between the trim perimeter and the image tile. This gap creates spatial ambiguity for the observer whether he stands underneath or off-center. When the Aperture’s illusory sky is backlit, its luminous blue makes it impossible for the eye to assess whether the image meets the trim.

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Reflective Wall

Aperture also features a hidden mechanical boundary that reflects the image tile’s illumination back onto the illusory sky. This additional element prevents the onlooker from ascertaining a distinct edge to the sky image, thereby reinforcing the illusion of vertical volume.

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Open Skies Technology

Unlike commercial sky photography, our Open Sky Compositions™ are captured, composed, and arranged using an architectural approach that reaps the therapeutic benefits of biophilic design. Sky Factory artists create idyllic views to the sky that seduce our hardwired habits of perception.

All our photographers, printers, and craftspeople work together to assemble outstanding bi-sensory—both spatial and visual— illusions of nature that define Sky Factory’s unique design framework as applied neuroaesthetics.

Aperture SkyCeilings in Hospital Hallway

The SkyCeilings are just one more way Cancer Treatment Centers of America delivers compassionate, integrative cancer care for the body, mind and spirit.

Susan Zook, Director of Imaging Services, CTCA Tulsa

Features

Sky Factory Aperture SkyCeiling Features

Unique Mechanical Design

Aperture’s new design features a gap or interstice between the SkyTile and the perimeter trim, acting as a hidden architectural reveal that reinforces the illusion of depth.

Proprietary Open Sky Photography

By setting up gravitationally correct sky photography (perpendicular to the ground), our photographers capture the zenith and generate the most credible overhead sky illusion.

Available in Five Sizes

Circular opening – 3-ft (90cm), 4-ft (120cm), and 5-ft (150cm)
Elliptical opening – 4’x6’ (120cm x 180cm) and 5’x8’ (150cm x 240cm)

Calibrated LED Lighting System

We manufacture all LEDs for superior performance and Correlated Color Temperature (CCT), 6500K. MRI Safe lighting option available.

Self-Supporting Skylight Framework

Aperture SkyCeilings are self-contained backlit luminaires designed to be recessed into a variety of grid and hard ceilings.

IRIS Circadian Lighting Compatible

View our library of select Open Sky Compositions™ to create an IRIS-enabled Aperture SkyCeiling.


Details

How Aperture SkyCeilings work

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1. LED Lighting System

The EcoPlus LED lighting system provides outstanding daylight quality light (CCT 6500K). IRIS-capable Aperture SkyCeilings use a custom EcoPlus LED lighting array. At this time, IRIS Lighting is not MRI compatible.

SkyCeiling Lighting Options

2. Luminous SkyTile

Lightweight polycarbonate image panel featuring proprietary, high resolution digital images color-calibrated for optimal illumination.

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3. Trim Side Wall

This mechanical boundary frames the image panel’s circumference with a wall that reflects light, preventing the eye from detecting a distinct edge to the SkyTile.

4. Oculus Frame

Fire-rated MDF, catalyzed conversion varnish with a white matte finish.


Benefits

Aperture SkyCeiling Benefits

Eliminates Claustrophobia

Aperture SkyCeilings transform interiors with a palpable illusion of open sky that calms nervous patients in diagnostic and therapeutic settings.

Reduces Stress and Anxiety

Sky Factory’s Open Sky Compositions infuse spaces with a change of visual scale, which triggers an autonomic relaxation response.

Biophilic Wayfinding Solution

Aperture SkyCeilings are an effective visual feature that helps occupants navigate a corridor or hallway as they seek their destination.

Enhances Staff Wellbeing

An attractive environment of care plays a key role in retaining staff and raising job satisfaction, both of which boost better patient care.


Shapes & Sizes

Aperture SkyCeiling Oculi

Aperture is our first skylight design featuring circular and elliptical openings without grid. It is available in three circular and two elliptical openings.

Aperture Sizes

Comparing Sky Factory SkyCeiling Solutions

Our family of SkyCeilings feature a range of above-the-ceiling depth profiles. Compare their attributes to find the most suitable solution for your project and interior aesthetics.

Aperture SkyCeilings

Aperture Shapes

Circle & Ellipse

Aperture Shapes

Circle & Ellipse

Revelation SkyCeilings

Revelation Shapes

Square & Rectilinear

Revelation Shapes

Square & Rectilinear

Classic SkyCeilings

Classic Shapes

Circular, Elliptical, Rectilinear, Custom

Classic Shapes

Circular, Elliptical, Rectilinear, Custom

Aperture SkyCeilings

Aperture 3

3 ft; 90 cm

Aperture 4

4 ft; 120 cm

Aperture 5

5 ft; 150 cm

Aperture 4x6

4 x 6 ft; 120 x 180 cm

Aperture 5x8

5 x 8 ft; 150 x 240 cm

Aperture 3

3 ft; 90 cm

Aperture 4

4 ft; 120 cm

Aperture 5

5 ft; 150 cm

Aperture 4x6

4 x 6 ft; 120 x 180 cm

Aperture 5x8

5 x 8 ft; 150 x 240 cm

Revelation SkyCeilings

Revelation 3x3

3 x 3 ft; 90 x 90 cm

Revelation 4x4

4 x 4 ft; 120 x 120 cm

Revelation 2x6

2 x 6 ft; 60 x 180 cm

Revelation 3x6

3 x 6 ft; 90 x 180 cm

Revelation 4x6

4 x 6 ft; 120 x 180 cm

Revelation 3x3

3 x 3 ft; 90 x 90 cm

Revelation 4x4

4 x 4 ft; 120 x 120 cm

Revelation 2x6

2 x 6 ft; 60 x 180 cm

Revelation 3x6

3 x 6 ft; 90 x 180 cm

Revelation 4x6

4 x 6 ft; 120 x 180 cm

Classic SkyCeilings

Classic 2x2

2 x 2 ft; 60 x 60 cm

Classic 3x3

3 x 3 ft; 90 x 90 cm

Classic 2x4

2 x 4 ft; 60 x 120 cm

Classic custom

Custom Shapes

Classic 2x2

2 x 2 ft; 60 x 60 cm

Classic 3x3

3 x 3 ft; 90 x 90 cm

Classic 2x4

2 x 4 ft; 60 x 120 cm

Classic custom

Custom Shapes


Resources

Aperture Product Resources



Installation Instructions

 

Sky Factory 24PS HLG Power System

 

Sky Factory HLG Power System and Fixture Only

 

These items are shipped with your Sky Factory Aperture Virtual SkyCeiling. If you need additional copies, contact our technical support team.

  • Cross Section Drawings
  • SkyTile Layout
  • SkyCeiling Grid Plan GR1
  • SkyCeiling Suspension Plan SP1
  • SkyCeiling EcoPlus LED Bar Layout EL1
  • SkyCeiling EcoPlus Fixture and Wiring Layout EL2
  • SkyCeiling Detail Drawings DE2-4