The new headquarters of Elektrizitätswerke Schoenau (EWS Schoenau) is designed by Harter + Kanzler & Partner Architects to deliver a high performance work environment where employees feel comfortable.

Established as an initiative for a future free of atomic power following the Tschernobyl nuclear disaster, EWS Schoenau has grown into a successful company that supplies green electricity and biogas to about 215,000 customers across Germany.

Completed in May 2020, the sustainable building accommodates the company’s growing number of employees; the heart of the building is the cafeteria where 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 and bright look and feel. The free cross-section in excess of 95% made it possible to install 'invisible' black low frequency absorbers above the LIVA elements, enhancing 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.

Products used at EWS Schoenau HQ

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

Low frequency absorbers (cafeteria/events area): dimensions (L x W x H) 2900 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 30mm, 0.6mm aluminium in white, surface area 73m²

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