Albertina Passage

A place for fun, a place for pleasure

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    Going underground: the main idea was to recreate an abandoned pedestrian underpass in the city center of Vienna into a modern dinner club for up to 300 persons. The design includes live music, a restaurant and a lounge in one concept. Now the restaurant is suitable for an elegant dinner as well as for a big fancy party night.

    White centerpiece

    The centerpiece of the whole design is a white sculpture which includes main functions like the stage for live music, the DJ and two bars as well as a lounge area in the back.

    The seats and dining tables are aligned just around this center. In order to guarantee a perfect view to the stage from behind as well they are adjusted on three steps. The dance floor is connected to the stage, which is yet another eye catcher. Another consequence of this sitting arrangement is the achievement of more intimacy in the dining area without excluding it from all the action.

    The entrance is reminiscent of the former function of Albertina Passage. People enter the dinner club just in front of the Vienna State Opera and are guided through stairs and a “tunnel” into the main area; passing the reception and the cloakroom. The first thing guests see is the center with the stage.

    A dinner club to be experienced

    The design consists of modern elements combined with classic details. While the sculpture appears very futuristic, the design of the dining area is inspired by American bar tradition from the 1950s and 1960s. Role model was Quentin Tarantino’s “Jack Rabbit Slims Twist Contest” from his film “Pulp Fiction”.

    The material of the main design object is Corian, one of the most multifunctional materials. It seems that the whole centerpiece consists of one single interface – as if the entire sculpture is cast from a mold. This can be experienced optically and haptically.

    Unlike the very modern centerpiece the design of the walls are dressed in warm material in opposition to the Corian. They are shaped in a 3D design which plays with the light and shadow of the spotlights.

    All in all Albertina Passage is a place full of inconsistency only at first glance. On closer examination its elements assemble as a whole. Albertina Passage is Vienna’s first dinner club. It is a club to be experienced and not to be discovered all at once.