Introducing a more urban feel was the aim with a Bilfinger company building located in a business park in Neu-Isenburg, just to the south of Frankfurt. Core elements in the overall concept for the communal areas are the entrance foyer and canteen as well as the newly designed tea kitchens.
The traditional interpretation of tea kitchens – tiny spaces dotted around each floor and all looking the same – was called into question. Does this still fit with today's open and flexible office arrangements?
Also, in this kind of office space, how do you promote among the employees a feeling of being both an individual and part of a team? The solution found here was for a compact yet more generously sized tea kitchen: a 'coffee point', in fifteen different looks, from 'cathedral garden' or 'jungle' to 'hobby room' and 'mountain hut'. These coffee points were set up on all the eight floors, in each case at the intersection of the two wings.
Coffee Points: 15 x 50 Quadratmeter
Simone Uhrig, Gerd Hajnek, Rémi Jalade, Susan Kaiser
The basic floor plan, divided into three zones – dining area, kitchen and lounge – goes far beyond the conventional idea of a tea kitchen. In the center is the kitchen cell, with a stand-alone island facing an integrated unit with counter and storage. Kitchen equipment and a digital info board are integrated into the wall. An acoustic ceiling caters for the different requirements of the individual spaces.
Like in a family home, this space contains a table around which people can sit to eat. A wall of pictures echoes the colors of the chairs and oak lends a homely atmosphere.
Opposite is a lounge area, a space for relaxation, with bench, free-standing armchairs and coffee tables. Each of the coffee points has a unique and individual identity, with its own color concept continued on surfaces, textiles, furniture and lamps: same but different.