PrizeWinner in Architectural Design / Restoration & Renovation, Winner in Interior Design / Hospitality
Firm LocationVienna, Austria
CompanyBüro KLK
Design TeamJonathan Lutter, Christian Knapp, Theresia Kohlmayr, Fabian Lutter, Jürgen DePaul
ClientCAT Bar GmbH Archeology in a Jazz Club

During the renovation works on an ancient heritage building
from the late 18th century on Viennas traditional Berggasse,
a bricked up staircase was found. It led to a twelve meter
deep, second cellar area with approximately
250 square meters. Located between Votivkirche and
Sigmund Freuds apartment, this cocktail and underground
bar is an aesthetical gem.

Historical investigations showed that it was a semi legal
establishment in the 50ies and 60ies in an era of Vienna’s
flourishing jazz scene represented by names as Joe Zawinul
or Fatty George. So the generic „genius loci“ did
not have to be invented but simply revealed.

The circulation and dramaturgy of the cocktail bar starts at
an undecorated, narrow entrance door that leads via an first
basement level, containing the wardrobe and a mirrored
vestibule to a „floating“ stair case, which suggests a touch
of „Sunset Boulevard“. This pathway leads directly
to the seven meter main bar. Several alcoves, a hidden
booth, the smallest art gallery in Vienna and secret hallways
surround the center piece and give
the impression of a nearly surreal venue fallen out of times.