Project of the month September 2020
EWS Schoenau [DE]
Photos: © Olaf Herzog
EWS Schoenau [DE]
May 2020
Harter + Kanzler & Partner

Multidirectional louvre open-cell ceiling LIVA (cafeteria / events area)
louvre height: 150 mm, louvre width: 98 mm, aluminium, both sides pre-coated in white, surface area: 121 m²

Low-frequency absorbers (cafeteria / events area)
dimensions (L x W x H): 2 900 x 245 x 600 mm, suspension: in ceiling cavity, colour: black, pieces: 6

Single-blade open-cell ceiling QUADRA (sanitary facilities, corridors and cloakroom) open-cell dimension: 40 x 40 mm, louvre height
30 mm, 0.6 mm aluminium in white, surface area: 73 m²

Rectangular metal panels in the FS4.2 system (serving counter)
Aluminium with DUROPLAN A060 surface, area: 14.5 m²

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Something that began life in the small South German town of Schoenau in the Black Forest following the nuclear disaster at Tschernobyl in April 1986 as an initiative for a future free of atomic power has now grown into a successful company that supplies green electricity and biogas to about 215,000 customers right across Germany.

To create space for the growing number of employees, Elektrizitätswerke Schoenau constructed itself a sustainable headquarters building. The heart of which is the events area with cafeteria. Here, the LIVA open-cell ceiling from durlum sets the tone visually. Its white blade louvres, arranged at right angles to one another, create a ceiling with a homogeneous, bright look and feel. The free cross section, in excess of 95 %, made it possible to install 'invisible' black lowfrequency absorbers above the LIVA elements and these enhance the acoustic properties of the space below.

The light and airy character of the cafeteria ceiling is carried through to the sanitary facilities, the corridors and the cloakroom area with the white QUADRA single-blade louvre open-cell ceiling, creating a harmonious whole that is not detracted from by sprinklers and other technical installations.

With this new headquarters building, a performance-enhancing working environment has been created, one in which the employees feel comfortable.

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