Ritz-Carlton AURA Restaurant | HENN

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Ritz-Carlton AURA Restaurant | HENN

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  • Project Name: Ritz-Carlton AURA Restaurant
  • Practice: HENN
  • Products: Bocci , MENU SPACE , Molteni & C , Paul Matter , Reuber Henning , The Wood Room , Tre Sekel , Tibro , Walter Knoll , ZANOTTA , Dedar , Lindner SE , Thieme GmbH , Wisag GmbH , Achim
  • Completion year: 2021
  • Gross Built up Area: 380 m2
  • Project Location: Wolfsburg
  • Country: Germany
  • Lead Architects/Designer: Hans Funk
  • Design Team: Tiffany Taraska, Phyllis Buschmeyer, Anna Cwik, Sahra Gehrke, Anne Henkel, Katrin Jacobs, Thomas Quisinsky, Katja Schuppelius, Ine Spaar, Julia Fuchs
  • Clients: Autostadt GmbH
  • Structural Consultants: Neumann-Berking und Bendorf, Wolfsburg
  • Contractors: IB Zammit, Wolfsburg, Germany
  • Photo Credits: Robert Rieger
  • Others: Tenant: The Ritz-Carlton, Owner: Volkswagen Immobilien GmbH, Consulting kitchen planning: IGW Ingenieurgruppe Walter + Partner GBR, Stuttgart, Germany, fire protection: Dehne, Kruse & Partner Brandschutzingenieure, Gifhorn, Germany
    lighting design: Lumen3 GbR, Munich, Germany, Acoustics: Müller-BBM, Planegg, Germany, construction supervision: Volkswagen Group Services GmbH, Wolfsburg, Germany
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Excerpt: Ritz-Carlton AURA Restaurant, an interior design project by HENN, features a blend of light colors and natural materials, creating a warm ambience. Within the arcing steel and glass space, HENN designed a flexible layout with three distinct spatial zones, each evoking a transition from sandy dunes to pebbled shoreline. Each band of space uses a nuanced material palette and offers a unique dining experience.

Project Description

Ritz-Carlton AURA Restaurant | HENN
© Robert Rieger

[Text as submitted by architect] Located on the Mittelland Canal of the Volkswagen Autostadt, the Ritz-Carlton AURA restaurant offers unique views of the VW Kraftwerk power station. Characterized by light-colors and natural materials, the warm restaurant interior creates a striking contrast with its industrial setting.

Ritz-Carlton AURA Restaurant | HENN
© Robert Rieger
Ritz-Carlton AURA Restaurant | HENN
© Robert Rieger

The five-star Ritz-Carlton Wolfsburg was built by HENN in 2000 as part of the VW Autostadt, and was renovated by Elliott Barnes Interiors in 2013, with the exception of the AURA restaurant. HENN’s competition winning design for the breakfast room and event space was inspired by coastal landscapes.

Ritz-Carlton AURA Restaurant | HENN
© Robert Rieger
Ritz-Carlton AURA Restaurant | HENN
Floor Plan © HENN
Ritz-Carlton AURA Restaurant | HENN
© Robert Rieger
Ritz-Carlton AURA Restaurant | HENN
© Robert Rieger

Within the arcing steel and glass space, HENN created three distinct spatial zones that evoke the transition from sandy dunes to pebbled shoreline. Each band of space uses a nuanced material palette and offers a unique dining experience: individual tables follow the steel and glass facade; a central zone is anchored by a fireplace and living room seating; and the back wall offers intimate dining alcoves. Three freestanding buffet islands are clad in natural stone and evoke the lozenge-shape of stones rubbed smooth by waves. Since the 380m2 space is also used for events, flexibility was a key design criteria: filegreed screens act as movable partitions and evoke the sun-bleached seagrass of dunescapes.

Ritz-Carlton AURA Restaurant | HENN
© Robert Rieger
Ritz-Carlton AURA Restaurant | HENN
© Robert Rieger

HENN used artisanal touches and hand detailing to create a sense of haptic-luxury. The walls are clad in gray travertine; in the entryway, Bocci Series 73 pendant lights, made of irregularly dimpled glass, create subtle asymmetry and plays of shadow; the entryway and lounge carpets were hand-knotted to HENN’s specifications by Reuber & Henning, a Berlin-based design firm; warm wood panels and hand-troweled plaster work add warmth and tactility; the curving, 16m Walter Knoll rug was hand-knotted from silk, wool and nettle; Paul Matter Monolith Table lamps add a subtle gleam of brass; and the acoustic wall panels are wrapped in a custom-printed textile, made from original watercolor paintings by HENN.

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