Laolao, Vienna

Laolao is a restaurant in Vienna‘s 7th district on the busy Mariahilfer shopping street. It specializes in hand-made noodles and authentic Zhejiang cuisine. The design focuses on expressing a raw materiality and clear lines while still creating an atmosphere marked by warm tones and a differentiated seating landscape where one can find hidden niches and corners. It provides a respite from the relentlessness of the surrounding commercial district. The walls and ceiling are articulated by rough sprayed plaster, giving the impression of a large grotto. During construction, original 19th c. ceiling frescoes were exposed after being hidden by a series of dropped ceilings. Furnishings are a mixture of wood and leather. The central kitchen is open and defined by industrial materials: stainless steel, raw steel plating and stone. The bathrooms are in defined by individual timber cabins and a large granite stone basin.


Tzou Lubroth Architekten

Design Team
Gregorio S. Lubroth, Chieh-shu Tzou, Carina Zabini, Christina Haslauer, Uwe Brunner

Qiu & Hu Gastronomie und Holding GmbH

Year of completion

Vienna, Austria

Total area
350 m2

Bengt Stiller

Project Partners

C-BOX d.o.o., Lohberger Küchen Competence Center GmbH

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