05 ASTEN, AUSTRIA ON THE RISE
Architectural firm Coop Himmelb(l)au has designed a customer information centre and events forum for Austrian bread company Backaldrin. Haus des Brotes II, or House of Bread II, consists of a box-shaped plinth building with foyer and event rooms, plus the Wunderkammer des Brotes – a two-storey exhibition area which floats on top. This ‘cabinet of curiosities’ was inspired by exhibitions organised by wealthy collectors in the baroque period, some of which were themed around baking and bread, and features an atrium illuminated by natural light. A spiral staircase provides access to the two exhibition levels and a range of viewing points.