As for the rest of Alnatura’s head office, the choice of materials in the restaurant was extremely important.
“The restaurant obviously has to support the building’s overall sustainability narrative through its choice of solid materials. Among other things, we have laid a terrazzo floor that connects the restaurant to the building’s central atrium with a glass and steel connecting structure,” says Lena Götze.
The acoustics have also had a high priority in the restaurant.
“In general, we Germans like it a little more subdued when we’re eating, and therefore we needed to ensure good acoustics in the restaurant, which is often busy with people passing through. In collaboration with an acoustics expert, we’ve chosen acoustic panels from Troldtekt for the ceilings, which has produced a very efficient and beautiful result,” she explains.
She adds that Troldtekt panels have also been used in the company Promega’s headquarters in Walldorf south of Darmstadt.
Like in many other restaurants, the MEP installations in the Alnatura restaurant are exposed, while the acoustic panels sit above them.
The Alnatura building was ready in 2019. However, the corona pandemic meant that the building and restaurant could not be fully used for some time. However, there is a lot to suggest that the citizens of Darmstadt are keen to leave the city centre to visit the new area around Alnatura’s head office:
"We are pleased to note that Tibits is well attended – both by employees who take breaks or short meetings here, as well as by other guests from Darmstadt and parents who follow their children to kindergarten. It also comes into play that vegetarian restaurants are becoming more and more popular”, explains Lena Götze.