Barry Callebaut Headquarters

Barry Callebaut Headquarters

Architect
Evolution Design

LLAL AG
Location
Zürich, Switzerland | View Map
Project Year
2021
Category
Offices
Peter Wuermli | © Evolution Design
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
Pendant lightKARMAN Srl
Pendant light, AplombFoscarini
Aplomb, Chouchin 1
ManufacturersUnika Vaev
Pendant light, Noctambule 3, 4, 5Flos
Tonella Quilted Armchair 92Sancal
Floor lamp, LucaMaigrau

Product Spec Sheet
Pendant light
Pendant light, Aplomb
Aplomb, Chouchin 1 by Foscarini
Manufacturers
Pendant light, Noctambule 3, 4, 5
Tonella Quilted Armchair 92
Floor lamp, Luca

Barry Callebaut Headquarters

Evolution Design as Interior Architects

Barry Callebaut, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, relocated its Zurich-based headquarters to a new building, commissioning Evolution Design to design the new offices.

photo_credit Peter Wuermli | © Evolution Design
Peter Wuermli | © Evolution Design

One of the project briefs was to create a strong connection to Barry Callebaut’s culture and its confectionary products. To respond to the brief, the architects conceived a design concept that reflects the variety of flavours, aromas and textures of cocoa products. A myriad of materials, patterns, haptics and graphics have been applied: Textures of wood and different fabrics, natural materials – like the upcycled cocoa husk flooring, saffron flower wallpaper, cork and moss – and a combination of earthy colours reflect the chocolate company’s ethos of sustainability, innovation and sensory pleasure.

photo_credit Peter Wuermli | © Evolution Design
Peter Wuermli | © Evolution Design

«We assigned Barry Callebaut’s brand characteristics to different areas throughout the office, creating a bespoke language of materials, colours, patterns, haptics and graphics. This approach creates a workspace with a lot of diversity and choice and at the same time reflects the passion and values people share and are proud of at Barry Callebaut,» explains Stefan Camenzind, executive director of Evolution Design.

photo_credit Peter Wuermli | © Evolution Design
Peter Wuermli | © Evolution Design

In line with Barry Callebaut’s vision, the workplace concept pays particular attention to sustainability and well-being. Environmentally friendly, certified and upcycled materials have been used along with indoor greenery, in order to create a healthy, productive and pleasant indoor atmosphere. Specifically selected oxygen generating plants in combination with sensors enable monitoring and automatic adjustment of the internal climate according to the data received. Tailored sustainability standards have been developed to achieve project-relevant benchmarks in optimal lighting conditions, indoor air quality, room temperature, noise levels and environmental impact.

photo_credit Peter Wuermli | © Evolution Design
Peter Wuermli | © Evolution Design

In order to encourage staff circulation between the three floors that Barry Callebaut occupies in a multi-storey building, the architects planned internal staircases that link three hubs on each floor. Used primarily as coffee points for breaks, informal meetings and lunch, these hubs enable optimal staff circulation and create a sense of a journey through the various zones.

photo_credit Peter Wuermli | © Evolution Design
Peter Wuermli | © Evolution Design

An integrated chocolate academy enables staff and visitors to watch the chocolatiers creating new products and taking part in masterclasses. Located opposite the main entry area, the fully glazed chocolate academy creates the first impression of the newly designed head office, reflecting Barry Callebaut’s passion for cocoa products, craftsmanship and innovation.

photo_credit Peter Wuermli | © Evolution Design
Peter Wuermli | © Evolution Design

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