Hello, Cheers, and Bye-Bye!
Beer Bar and Café, Vienna International Airport
Guests at the Airport
Restaurants, cafés, and bars at places of transit like airports embody a twilight zone of sorts. They’re neither here nor there – neither anybody’s regular haunts, nor recommended by travel guides as good places to meet up. So in designing a new beer bar and café at Vienna Airport, we decided to try and create a good place to wait with an identity of its own.
Our belief: airport architecture absolutely can be inviting!
Over to the beer bar for a cold one…
A pleasant place for a drink doesn’t need much – a few chairs and tables, a bar, decent food, and decent company. It’s a simple concept that we’ve transferred from outdoor cafés to the departure gates. Even from afar, one sees the illuminated all-caps “BIERBAR” sign – and at this bar, guests can expect local brews instead of the atmosphere of an international chain. What’s more, a combination of high-quality wood paneling and pleasantly warm lighting invite travelers to sit down and catch their breath.
Despite the limited space, we want to give travelers options: seated at the bar with a large beer, they’ve got an unobstructed view of the planes on the apron; across the way, they can converse with other passengers in a sheltered seating area; and out at the raised bench and poseur tables in front, they can watch as the passengers flow through.
At Cafe Franzl, Viennese coffeehouse culture meets urban casual.
…or for a quick coffee before takeoff
At Cafe Franzl, Viennese coffeehouse culture meets an urban casual feel. Saturated pink hues reminiscent of certain well-known Viennese coffeehouses, round lighting elements, and stone tabletops provide a hint of iconic city center interior design by the tarmac. Here, time can stand still for a bit – or for a while longer, should flights be delayed – and cushioned seating niches offer places to retreat for some extended newspaper-reading and laptop work.
We’ve brought authentic materials and stylistically appropriate design to a place that’s otherwise rather artificial and technical in nature. A piece of home at the airport.
With robust materials and authentic hand craftsmanship, we’ve created a haptic anchor amidst the anonymous, highly technologized atmosphere of the airport – and with it, we hope, a little piece of home from Vienna, too.
Type of commission
Scope of commission
SSP Österreich GmbH
Net usable floor area
160 m² (Bierbar), 150 m² (Café)
Friederike Dammaß (PL), Simon Frey, Jonathan Hering