New layout of the main building’s 4th floor (4E)


“Following an initial scepticism, our employees today highly appreciate the new office layout and the opportunity to be able to work together as a project team over a longer period of time in the same office space.”

Patrick Hunziker, Head of Product Development, Metrohm AG

Metrohm AG

Industry group

Lista Office LO

Number of staff

Number of workstations

Total Office Management

LO Mindport, LO Extend, LO Motion, LO Locker, LO Korpusse/Caddies, LO QUB


New impulse for a successful project culture.


More collaboration among the individual departments in favour of a new project culture – the creation of a new office layout at Metrohm AG in Herisau, Switzerland, took place under this banner.

The concept

The growing complexity of projects prompted the Management Board in 2015 to form a new footing for the interdisciplinary collaboration among the development, production and marketing departments. After all, as a manufacturer of highly precise instruments for chemical analysis, Metrohm AG in Herisau, Switzerland, is forced to quickly react to new market challenges and developments. “We created interdisciplinary project teams whose members come from the different departments,” says Patrick Hunziker, Head of Product Development, explaining the background situation.

With the newly created structures, however, also follows a breakdown in the organisational barriers within the offices. The planned addition to the development building, the new 4th floor, has not been outfitted with traditional workstations and single-person offices, but instead features an office layout consisting of various open-space workstations and conference areas. Spanning a space of 1,190 square metres, the new office layout accommodates six project teams of nine employees each and has open and interactive project zones as well as dedicated conference zones.

Before the new offices on the 4th floor at Metrohm AG were built, Patrick Hunziker and his team visited companies such as UBS, AXA Winterthur and Google to gain inspiration from the future-centred office space solutions there. The new offices were ready to accommodate employees in early 2016. “Following an initial scepticism, our employees today highly appreciate the new office layout and the opportunity to be able to work together as a project team over a longer period of time in the same office space,” says Patrick Hunziker.

The specialists from Total Office Management and Lista Office LO planned, coordinated and realised the new offices for the project teams – from the design and furnishing concept to the acoustics and lighting to the use of partner brands. Patrick Hunziker was happy to be part of the joint development phase: “The teamwork was optimal for us. We challenged one other.”


The furnishings


On a space of 1,190 square metres, the flexible office furnishings – with the LO Extend tables, the LO Mindport furniture and the LO Locker cupboard system from Lista Office LO – support successful collaboration within the project teams and ensure high transparency.

LO Extend

The smart, agile and cutting-edge desk and table family.

  • Sitting/standing desk, incremental adjustment, fixed height, meeting table
  • Lots of legroom (T-leg, no crossbeam); exemplary conformity with norms
  • Third level with multipurpose rail, screen and desk modules

LO Mindport

The award-winning booth system for futureproof offices.

  • User-friendly plug and play solution
  • Does not need to be directly connected to the building’s ventilation system
  • Awarded the Red Dot Design Award


LO Motion

The table family that maximises flexibility and function.

  • Conference table, side table/printer table, club table, counter table
  • Robust four-leg steel subframe for timeless elegance
  • Precisely configurable to 50 mm increments; extra-large dimensions up to 3200 x 1200 mm

LO Locker

The steel cabinet system for zone-based spatial concepts.

  • Upward and downward-opening doors; max. load 15 kg
  • Combination lock – simple and user-friendly
  • Power supply and various organisational elements can be integrated

LO Caddies / LO Drawer units

The storage system to keep things tidy next to and underneath desks.

  • Various size and material configurations
  • Flexible divider options for perfect organisation
  • Designed to match LO desks and cabinet systems

LO Qub

The agile steel cabinet system that can be moved around, adapted or extended.

  • Modules can be easily reconfigured without tools
  • Open, drawers, doors, double door
  • Central locking across multiple modules




  • More transparency and an exchange of information and ideas among the departments and project teams
  • Improved teamwork among the individual departments within the interdisciplinary teams
  • Optimal space structures for longer-term project phase
  • Inspiring working and conference zones