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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