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Christoph Merian Foundation

Ideal working conditions linked with sustainability

The sustainable new office building offers a modern working environment on three floors with around fifty office workplaces that enable open communication and flexible collaboration. To ensure good room acoustics in the open offices, the internationally renowned architect’s office Herzog & de Meuron chose LIGNO® Akustik light: The real wood acoustic panels are produced for the specific building with a profile width of 16 millimetres. 

Configuration overview

Components used

  • LIGNO® Akustik light  |  Acoustic cladding 

    Product code: LIGNO® Akustik light 3S_33_a70g_625-16-4_FI-ä_gb_b0
    Wood type

    Various wood species are available for the visible layer. For quality reasons, individual wood species cannot be configured for all profiles; for technical reasons, surface treatments are excluded for some wood species.

    Wood type

    _FI-ä Spruce with knots, A quality


    The visible layer is profiled with joints. The code for profiling indicates in millimetres: Element width, strip width (rounded, from/to if applicable) and joint width (rounded) as well as a letter identification for variants, e.g. with chamfered strip edges or with additional height gradation.

    Note: Some profiles indirectly cause exclusions for other configuration options.


    _625-16-4 Special profile


    The face is subjected to a brushing _gb as standard, which produces a stronger or weaker structure depending on the type of wood and makes the surface less sensitive to scratches. Alternatively, a smooth sanding _gs can be carried out, or on request a bandsaw cut _grimitated.


    _gb Brushed


    Depending on the type of wood, the optional application of a surface treatment is possible ex works. Individual colour finishes are always sampled for coordination. For elements in individual lengths, colour treatment is limited to max. 5 m length.


    _b0 Untreated

    Room acoustics

    If the soffit of the element is to have a good sound-absorbing effect, the penultimate layer is configured as absorber _a50g. Otherwise, this layer is configured as a solid wood layer _a0.

    Room acoustics

    _a70g 70 % Absorber



Project participants

  • Herzog & de Meuron Basel Ltd.


    Rheinschanze 6

    CH - 4056 Basel

  • Tschudin AG


    Florenz-Strasse 12

    CH - 4142 Münchenstein


  • Martina Villiger, Holz & Funktion AG


    Kreuzmatt 2
    CH - 6242 Wauwil


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