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Swissôtel Kursaal Bern

Alpine and old town view combined with highest comfort

The Business Hotel Swissôtel Kursaal Bern is one of the most renowned hotels in the Swiss capital. Located in the city center, guests can enjoy a magnificent view of the Alps as well as of Bern's historic old town. With around 5,000 m² of meeting space, the building complex also serves as a convention center for up to 1,500 people.


In 2020, the Swissôtel Kursaal Bern was extensively renovated and redesigned as a new member of the Accor Group. Innsbruck architect Nina Mair and her team have taken great care of the existing building and created a cozy atmosphere in all hotel areas. With a contemporary, minimalist architectural and formal language, Mair underscores the building's important role for the city: interior design, fixtures and furnishings are characterized by timeless style, thoughtful details, high functionality and the use of various natural materials - first and foremost real wood.


The entrance area with the reception and the lobby were also designed with great attention to detail. Here, wall panels with LIGNO® Akustik light in lively oak ensure naturalness and good sound: "In all our projects, good room acoustics play an enormously important role, because apart from light, acoustics determine the well-being of the users in the room the most - also in a hotel," explains Nina Mair. "In a hotel lobby, discreet conversations should be able to take place while several people are in the room - so we had to ensure short reverberation times and high speech intelligibility at the same time. With the Lignotrend panels, this was achieved very well," the architect continued.


Because the room height of the existing building was already very low, she decided against cladding the ceilings with wood and used the acoustic panels exclusively on the walls. "As wall cladding, the real wood panels create a great, natural atmosphere in which guests can enjoy their stay in complete peace," explains Nina Mair. "The rhythm of the regular molding profile we chose divides the large areas in a very harmonious, calm way."

Configuration overview

Components used

  • Schematische Darstellung einer Wandverkleidung made of LIGNO® aus Holz

    LIGNO® Akustik light  |  Acoustic cladding

    Product code: LIGNO® Akustik light 3S_33_a70g_625-12-4_EI_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

    _EI Oak knotless


    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.


    _625-12-4 Slat 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

  • NINA MAIR Architecture + Design


    Innstraße 23
    AT - 6020 Innsbruck

  • Ramseier Holzbau AG


    Burgdorfstrasse 7

    CH - 3550 Langnau im Emmental


  • Martina Villiger, Holz & Funktion AG


    Kreuzmatt 2
    CH - 6242 Wauwil


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