Employees Only: A Lunch Break at Berlin’s Tour Total
June 10th, 2013 – Petra Wollenberg and Dietmar Leyk, founders of Berlin-based architecture firm Leyk Wollenberg Architekten, have designed a new restaurant for the German headquarters of the French energy company Total, where partition screens create a forest of 750 champagne colored anodized aluminum tubes. Total is a company that values their 600 employees, and understand that the employee’s lunching quarters represents the most important place for informal communication between all hierarchies of the company. The restaurant is a fashionable addition to Total’s new headquarters at the Europaplatz in Berlin, located in the newly built Tour Total complex, close to Berlin’s main station.
Leyk and Wollenberg created an L-shaped layout by securing a collective of wooden dowels from the floor to ceiling. The repetitive dowels create an interesting design feature while defining the spacial perimeters of the space. Central to the restaurant is a large food prepping and buffet station where Total’s employees gather around to load up on daily specials. Both, the dining area and the food counter are crafted from oak wood then stained in black to stand out amongst the neutral-toned color palette of tans and white. Various sized table tops and counters are methodically scattered throughout the lounge to promote a social environment for Total’s employees.
Photography by Die Photo Designer