Jungbunzlauer, Pernhofen (Austria)
In the middle of the 19th century, a schnapps distillery was founded in the small Bohemian town of Jung Bunzlau. Success came quickly, and the company thrived. As the distillery developed an ever-deeper knowledge of the natural fermentation process, it expanded its product. Today, the company calls itself Jungbunzlauer, a nod to its birthplace, and is one of the world’s leading providers of natural and biodegradable ingredients. Its products are used in food and beverages as well as in the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries. In addition to the company’s headquarters in Basel, Switzerland, the company maintains four manufacturing plants. This location is in Pernhofen, Austria, seventy kilometers north of Vienna, near the Czech border. Its rural surroundings hint at where Jungbunzlauer gets its raw materials: nature. The new, modern administration building is shaped like a square with rounded corners, and the facade is divided into boxes that echo the shape of USM Modular Furniture. Shelves and tables are white and pearl gray, respectively. Together with the natural-wood walls and floors and the abundance of daylight, the interiors communicate the purity of the ingredients the biotech plant produces.