Our Micro 2018 was presented with the Red Dot Design Award 2018.
The Red Dot Design Award has its origins in 1955 and determines the best products in terms of design each year. In 2018, over 6,300 products from 59 nations were submitted! A jury of about 40 made their selections according to the criteria: innovation, functionality, formal quality, ergonomics and longevity. Only about one third of the products received awards. The reasoning of the jury for the award of TOPPERFO® Micro: „The clever design of the acoustic panels TOPPERFO® Micro stands out due to its innovative use of technology and its versatility“.
TOPPERFO® Micro can be produced in different perforations. The distance of the 0.5 mm hole in the standard product is 2 mm, but can also be greater or smaller. As variants, the distances determined were 1.8 mm and 3 mm and are now also measured in terms of sound absorption according to the standard ISO 354. The sound absorption of Micro 1.8/1.8/0.5 is exceptionally high with Aw 0.9 for walls and ceilings. The product is classed as an “A-absorber” which corresponds to the best possible classification according to the EN 11654 standard.
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In 1989, Sir Terence Conran, founder of the design house chain “Habitat”, founded the Design Museum London. Success proved his idea right and the museum next to the Tower Bridge soon became too small. Finally, with the Commonwealth Institute building in the fashionable district of Kensington, a new neighbourhood was found.
As wall coverings, we were able to supply over 600 m2 of TOPPERFO® Micro for this building.
The building of the Commonwealth Institute is itself an architectural/design icon of Great Britain. It is the first concrete shell construction created in England. Opened in 1962, the spectacular copper roof with a span of 38 m is a landmark in the contours of West London. In view of the English Heritage (monument authority), it is the second most important London building of the modern age.
A „cathedral for design“ is how the museum was named by the English press after its reopening. The new Design Museum showcases industrial and product design on 10,000 m2 of exhibition space from the beginnings to the latest generation of Apple computers.
TOPPERFO® Type Micro was installed on the walls on all four floors in the atrium. Only the upper part of the parapet height was micro-perforated, but the veneer (oak) runs from the floor to the ceiling as a unit. The proportions of structure and the rift of the veneer used were exactly specified by the panel architects „according to the high design aspect“.
Homepage Design Museum
Object: Design Museum, London GB
Customer: Acoustic Products Limited, Whitstable, Kent, GB
Architect: John Pawson Architects, London GB
Photo: Gareth Gardner photography + journalism, London GB
Specification: TOPPERFO® – Panels typ Micro, Perforation 2/2/0.5, Oak lime wash veneered, natural lacquered
Quantity: approx. 600 m2
The new school complex replaces a school building from the 70s. The architect Bonnard & Woeffray has decided to use pine wood for an alpine-style interior. The school includes 14 classrooms, one library and the multi-purpose hall. TOPPERFO® type Clou panels were selected for the classrooms and the sports hall. The fine perforation of 2 mm does not compete with the rustic appearance of the pine wood.
Object: School, Salvan CH
Customer: HIAG c/o Kuratle & Jaecker, Aigle CH
Architect: Bonnard & Woeffray, Monthey CH
Photo: Patrick Zufferey
Specification: TOPPERFO® – Panel type Clou, Perforation 10.66/10.66/2 offset & plain/solid panel, 3-layer panel Arve, natural lacquered G5
Quantity: approx. 2’610 m2
The Fürst Donnersmarck Foundation has existed since 1916. Its purpose is the rehabilitation of people with disabilities. The new construction of the therapy building is the last stage of a comprehensice modernization and icludes the living areas, common areas, workshops, leisure areas, therapy areas and the administration. Through selected products and surface variations, acoustic wall coverings of the highest standard were created in the therapy, community and administrative areas.
Object: P.A.N. Zentrum, Berlin DE
Customer: Lehmann & Lehmann GmbH, Jessen DE
Architect: Parmakerli · Fountis Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH, Kleinmachnow DE
Interior design / artistic advice: S. Wildgruber, Munich DE
Photo: Allard van der Hoek, Amsterdam NL
Specification: TOPAKUSTIK® Planks type 12/4 M, ARIA-Plus and plain/solid panel, The Little Green / Blue / Blazer / Red Earth / RAL 9010 lacquered and White fir veneered, Aqua UV-light protection
Quantity: approx. 500 m2
Bush House Auditorium
Founded 190 years ago, Kings College is located in the heart of London. It is among the top 10 in the ranking of universities in the world and no less than twelve people have already been honored with the Nobel Prize.
The auditorium has been completely redesigned by John Roberts Architects. The architect has chosen TOPAKUSTIK® panels in American Black Walnut FSC veneer and boasts state of the art lecturing facilities to accommodate an audience of 395 an audio visual booth and fully retractable seating.
Here you see three photos of the finished auditorium, but also a computer simulation and a short film showing how the seating is retractable.
Film pull-out armchair row
Project: Kings College, London – Bush House Auditorium GB
Customer: Acoustic Products Limited, Kent GB
Architect: John Robertson Architects, London GB
Photo: Matt Livey Architectural Photography GB
Specification: TOPAKUSTIK® – Panels type 6/2 M, Perforation 7%, & Plain/solid panels, american Walnut veneered, natural lacquered
Quantity: approx. 190 m2
The extension of the school center of Chateauneuf Conthey includes 3 different areas, namely education, sport and reception. The office „Bonnard Woeffray Architects“ combined skilfully glossy white TOPPERFO® laminate panels on walls and ceilings with bright colours such as red in the gym or yellow in the classrooms.
Project: Ecole de Châteauneuf, Conthey CH
Customer: Lambda Technique d’isolation Sion SA, Sion CH
Architect: Bonnard Woeffray Architectes, Monthey CH
Photo: Patrick Zufferey, Sierre CH
Specification: TOPPERFO® – Panels type M, Perforation 20/20/8 & plain/solid panel, HPL white high gloss
Quantity: approx. 2’750 m2
Future Fund, Melbourne wanted a clean design that sounded and looked great. The choice was of course TOPPERFO® Micro. The product Micro in white painted and European Oak veneer were used in reception area and plain veneer for all cabinet doors and matching corridor walls.
Project: Future Fund, Melbourne AU
Customer: Australian Government, AU
Architect: PMDL, Melbourne AU
Photo: GSM Acoustics Pty Ltd, Keyborough AU
Specification: TOPPERFO® – Panel type Micro, MDF no added urea formaldehyde, Oak Rift cut, lacquered Gloss 50 & painted with colour TBC, Gloss 50 & plain/solid panel, MDF no added urea formaldehyde, Oak Rift cut, lacquered Gloss 50
Quantity: approx. 175 m2
To control the reverberation time and reduce echo in the atrium of the new Coop Bank worldwide headquarters in Manchester, architects 3DREID specified 2000 Sq M Topakustik linear slotted sound absorbing panels in Oak veneer and RAL 9010 white factory spray painted finish.
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