Disco Volante

A pro­ject by Madame Mohr

Disco Volante

Disco Volante

Disco Volante

Disco Volante

Disco Volante

Disco Volante


The recently opened Piz­ze­ria is the second of its kind hos­ted by Maria Fuchs, a van­guard in the recent genuine pizza hype in Vienna. The name Disco Volante brings back memo­ries of the James Bond vil­lain Emi­lio Largo’s escape ves­sel. Also a famous car desi­gned in the early 50ies car­ried this name (there has recently been a relaunch by Alfa Romeo). But in fact does the name of the piz­ze­ria sim­ply refer to its ori­gi­nal mea­ning fly­ing disc.

Accor­ding to the cli­ents wish the restau­rant should not only carry the atmo­s­phere of a sou­thern Ita­lian piz­ze­ria but also trans­port the light­ness of the Italo-Disco era of the 1970s and 80s.

The heart of every piz­ze­ria is the wood fired oven which in this case is a giant disco ball with a rota­ting mecha­nism. After the dough is run out the Piz­zai­oli start the engine and the oven begins to slowly turn with about 1 revo­lu­tion per minute.

In charge of the design as well for most of the pro­duc­tion of the oven was Vienna based mada­me­mohr, a young archi­tects and desi­gners col­la­bo­ra­tive. Their goal is not to just design but also to fabri­cate where pos­si­ble. In this case, the outer shell of the oven which is made from heat resis­tant con­crete, was pro­du­ced uti­li­zing CNC-milling tech­no­logy to build the sphe­ri­cal formwork.

The mecha­nism allo­wing the oven to rotate is hid­den under­ne­ath the baking sur­face where the heat does not damage sen­si­tive parts. The shell is covered with appro­xi­mately 7500 spe­cial cut mir­ror tiles which were glued on site.

The cei­ling of the for­mer gro­cery store revea­led an extra meter of height when remo­ved. This addi­tio­nal space con­tri­bu­tes to the can­teen like fee­ling known from the over­crow­ded pla­ces in Nap­les drow­ned in neon light. Adding up to this harsh and rather uncom­for­ta­ble environ­ment are the for­mer church ben­ches as well as the chairs, typi­cally found in Vienna’s city depart­ments and the tables only lea­ving space for a pizza and a bever­age each. These attri­bu­tes might sound unusual for a restau­rant but are key ele­ments of the suc­cess of Disco Volante.

The wai­ters and wai­t­res­ses are all wea­ring spe­cial desi­gned over­alls by fashion desi­gner Milena Heuss­ler & Luciano Rai­mondi and recall a mecha­nics out­fit.
Responsi­ble for the design of the Neon Sign as well as all print media are gra­fi­sches Büro, Vienna.

Archi­tec­ture: Madame Mohr
CD & Print: gra­fi­sches Büro, Vienna
Over­alls: Milena Heuss­ler & Luciano Rai­mondi
Pho­tos: Lukas Schal­ler

Madame Mohr

Madame Mohr
Madame Mohr is a crea­tive collec­tive, con­sis­ting of archi­tects, desi­gners and machi­nes that inves­ti­ga­tes ethics and aeste­tics in all sca­les since 2009.

Apart from deve­lo­ping own pro­jects we offer design ser­vices in para­me­trics, fea­si­bi­lity stu­dies, pro­to­typ­ing and rea­liza­tion as well as con­sul­ting ser­vices in ren­de­ring & ani­ma­tion and model building.


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