The world is now richer by one chocolate attraction, writes Lind&Sprüngli on the occasion of the opening of the new Home of Chocolate. This is open to visitors since September 2020 with an interactive museum, a research facility, show production and many other highlights. The centrepiece of the new Lindt Home of Chocolate is a chocolate fountain over 9 metres high surrounded by modern architecture. More about the extraordinary architecture you can find here on the website of architonic.
Strengthening Switzerland as a chocolate location
The Lindt Chocolate Competence Foundation has set itself the goal of continuing the work of the former chocolate pioneers and strengthening Switzerland as a chocolate location in the long term. While the pioneers established the chocolate industry more than 200 years ago, the foundation promotes innovation and thus gives new impetus to the entire industry. The Chocolate Museum is the main project of the non-profit foundation and provides a comprehensive information platform for the general public. “The Lindt Home of Chocolate is intended to contribute to the long-term safeguarding of Switzerland as a chocolate location as well as to the dissemination of knowledge about chocolate throughout the industry,” is the vision of Ernst Tanner, Chairman of the Lindt Chocolate Competence Foundation. More than 100 million Swiss francs have been invested in this chocolate competence centre in Kilchberg. The new attraction should become an exciting destination for 350,000 Swiss and foreign chocolate fans every year, in the immediate vicinity and with excellent connections to Zurich.
Research facility and exhibition
The Lindt Home of Chocolate not only houses the research facility with show production but also a 1500 square metre exhibition that invites visitors on a journey into the world of chocolate. This takes visitors first to a cocoa plantation in Ghana. Afterwards, chocolate fans of all ages will embark on a journey through time to the history of chocolate and follow in the footsteps of the Swiss pioneers. The secrets of chocolate production will also be revealed. After exciting facts about chocolate, numerous masterpieces await you in the tasting room at the end of the tour, waiting to be tasted.
Modern architecture from Basel by Christ & Gantenbein
But the Lindt Home of Chocolate also impresses architecture fans. The multifunctional building, designed by Basel architects Christ & Gantenbein, forms a striking counterbalance to the historic Lindt & Sprüngli factory building from 1899 and is perfectly embedded in the existing surroundings in Kilchberg. Inside, the three-storey building has a characteristic design: Round staircases, bridge passages and imposing skylights in the ceiling lend the building a special elegance.