The Hanover HQ of German biscuit maker Bahlsen, originally designed in 1911 by architect Karl Siebrecht, has recently had a bit of a spruce-up. London-based studio Freehaus preserved the Arts and Crafts-inspired façade, while opening up the darker interiors, especially the barrelvaulted foyer and reception. In keeping with the Bahlsen family’s diktat of making the building more accessible to the public, the lobby features generously proportioned windows and banquettes. These provide a unique peek into the adjoining hall containing the original factory and chimney, now used for R&D and testing of new biscuit recipes. Light streams in through stained-glass clerestories, aiding the inspection of display cases holding the company’s memorabilia and commemorative objets and antique statues resplendent in pastel-hued vitrines on the mezzanine floor.