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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.

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