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As the number one brand for household appliances in the German home market and Europe’s leading built-in kitchen appliance brand, Siemens is synonymous with innovation, first-class design and outstanding performance. It’s with that in mind that interior designer Angelika Luible-Garboldi from Bau+Design designed the flagship Siemens Cooking Lounge in Munich’s Allianz Arena.

Set high above the playing field, the smart 160sqm lounge is designed to showcase Siemens’ latest kitchen technologies, and has myriad uses, such as a relaxation area, conferences, product launches, cooking demonstrations or classes, and photo shoots – or to watch the football games below in a stylish, comfortable space.

And at the heart of the Cooking Lounge are an expansive stone chimney and three EcoSmart Fire BK5 Burners.

The EcoSmart Fire Burners were instrumental in producing a convivial atmosphere, says interior designer Angelika.

“A traditional fireplace simply didn’t integrate seamlessly into the Cooking Lounge area,” Angelika explains. “The EcoSmart Fire solution has delivered the ambience of a real open fire without the mess or hassle.”

Angelika Luible-Garboldi, Bau+Design

In the first instance, Angelika came up with the concept of the central chimney, and as there was no gas connection and other fire sources weren’t possible, she chose the Ecosmart Fire burners. She used three in the design to balance the length of the chimney.

“EcoSmart was a clever design alternative for this stylish and contemporary space where people come to connect, relax and be entertained,” Angelika says. “The strong, bold yellow flame is mesmerising, but it’s also free from smoke, mess and odour. And the fireplace offers the elegance and the style that VIP guests have come to expect.”

The chimney and EcoSmart Fires also help delineate the lounge and conference / cooking areas, with the burners set into a long, raised benchtop incorporating non-burning timber, metal and concrete. “The whole solution was both practical and affordable. The indoor fire is a real drawcard for VIP guests and provides a unique atmosphere,” Angelika adds.


  • Country: Germany
  • Client: Siemens Cooking Lounge
  • Specifier: Bau+Design