PPAG Architects have designed a reworking of the interior of the Steirereck restaurant in Vienna, as well as an extension to the building. The stunning results at times render the venue almost completely invisible. Steirereck owners, the Rietbaur family, held a competition for the restaurant's redesign and chose the firm's submission as it creates a more intimate environment than conventional dining rooms. The faceted metal façade blurs the boundaries between surface and volume, and at times generates misty reflections so the building disappears into its surrounds.
The extension has a long, finger-like form, with each table dotted along the length and having its own intimate environment. Each table unit has a curved backdrop and a sash window to create a private space that’s open to the outdoors. This solution was recognized as optimal both for the experience of the guests, as well as the catering staff.
The façade is clad in large pieces of reflective metal that mistily reflect the restaurant’s surroundings. Clear surfaces are mixed with blurred sections of the façade, creating a striking visual effect. The restaurant also features a green roof that brings back a more natural counterpoint to the design and that is gently contrasted by the sleek appearance of the extension.
Images by Helmut Pierer