Art as Wall Cladding

17.03.2021Lindner NewsPartitions

In the "clubhouse" of the reinsurance company Swiss Re in Zurich, the artists Pae White, Tobias Rehberger and Jorge Pardo designed wall surfaces with colourfully patterend ceramic diamonds. A special construction made of acoustically effective Lindner COMPlaq lightweight panels was used as wall cladding and support for the ceramics.

Swiss Re owns an extensive art collection and supports art projects of various kinds. This now also becomes apparent in the company‘s listed clubhouse at its headquarters in Zurich. It houses a cafeteria and restaurants for employees and customers and was opened in 1957 as an extension of the headquarters. The artists Pae White from California, Tobias Rehberger from Germany and Jorge Pardo from Mérida, Mexico, have now designed almost 8,000 large-format ceramic diamonds for a wall surface of approx. 800 m². The ceramic diamonds play with surprising colour effects and intensify the spatial experience within the building.

Stable substructure

The diamonds weigh approx. 4 kilograms per piece and extend over three floors. Lindner was responsible, among other things, for fixing the individual pieces to acoustically effective Lindner COMPlacq lightweight panels, which simultaneously serve as wall cladding and as a substructure for the tiles. The diamonds, which run in grids, required extremely precise measurements: all alignments are matched to the room and the grids of the ceiling systems. Lindner was also responsible for the substructure of the tiles in the courtyard of the building existing of weather-resistant stainless steel. The artists' lights there were also installed by Lindner.

For more information on the project click here.