Nonna Martha, Brauhaus Goldener Engel KG, Ingelheim, Germany - FRANKEN\ARCHITEKTEN

Nonna Martha

Quando uno è contento di se stesso, ama l'umanità.
Luigi Pirandello

Following the “Brauhaus Goldener Engel”, which Franken Architekten also designed, the “Nonna Martha” in the center of Ingelheim is the second restaurant to be run by Brauhaus Goldener Engel KG. The “Nonna Martha” concept plays on associations with down-to-earth, traditional rural Italian cuisine and is an homage to the Italian “nonna” working at the stove. Over a surface area of 208 square meters it offers a large choice of seating at various heights and in various combinations, ranging from long tables for vibrant conversation, sofas and bar stools, to more intimate tables for two. All this forms part of an interior design concept whose materials feature coarse, untreated wood, tiles, and industrial enamel. All the walls boast a relief-like texture comprising dark, stained fir and oak, in contrast to the white-tiled bar and the luminaires. The homely, mud gray floor underscores the simple nature of the interior and adapts to the reduced color spectrum that is emphasized by a lighting concept comprising bar counters lit from below, light bulbs, and black and white pendant luminaires in various sizes. The cucina povera aesthetics is likewise emphasized in the tableware.

Client Brauhaus Goldener Engel KG
Location Ingelheim, Germany
Project-Team Prof. Bernhard Franken, Natascha Baier
Status Realised 2012
Dimension 208 m²

Narrative Spaces





Scenography is not confined to  
the stage or screen, nor just to presen-tation events and trade shows. It is a design approach, rooted in narrative, that can be applied as well to individual buildings and even to urban environments.




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