The new facility for the Richemont Bakery and Confectionery College was built as a competition project.
In terms of urban development, the project responds with simple yet compelling architectural language to the structures and spaces of the site. The low three-story building is set back from the street, respecting the Jesuitenhof across.
The entrance facade features an inviting awning, leading to a naturally lit entrance lobby.
The ground floor features large glazed panels throughout to emphasize the inviting public character of the space and its public restaurant. The multifunctional design of the ground floor allows the restaurant, bar and cafeteria to be combined with the adjoining training room. Together they create a multipurpose space. The mediatheque, the administration, the instructors’ offices and the rooms for group work are arranged alongside the hall.
A central staircase leads from a spacious interior courtyard to the upper floor. It offers rooms for training and demonstrations and several offices and group rooms. Practical facilities such as the bakery and confectionery are illuminated by a slanted skylight running throughout the area.
The second floor has 14 dormitory and work rooms for two to three students. It is independently accessible and serves as a student wing. The façade is clad with large aluminum panels with exposed connections. The interior spaces are all well lit. Besides the white walls, the interior is dominated by aluminum, chrome-plated steel, glass and antracite colored ceramic floors. Natural and artificial lighting lends the different spaces a unique character that varies with use.