Disco Volante by
Lukas Galehr

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A spinning oven shaped like a giant disco ball is the centrepiece of this pizzeria in Vienna by Austrian architect Lukas Galehr (+ slideshow).

Disco Volante by Lukas Galehr

Covered in hundreds of tiny mirrored tiles, the spherical pizza oven is positioned amidst the dining area and is anchored to a central chimney that allows it pivot from its centre.

Disco Volante by Lukas Galehr

The restaurant lights are dimmed for the evenings and various coloured spotlights are directed onto the oven, causing scores of pink, green and blue dots to flood across the white walls and ceilings.

Disco Volante by Lukas Galehr

Named Disco Volante, which loosely translates as flying disc, the restaurant is otherwise modelled on an authentic Napoli pizzeria with a vaulted ceiling, smooth tiled floors and clean white walls.

Disco Volante by Lukas Galehr

Black mosaic tiles lines the walls of the pizza-making area and also cover the floor surrounding the service counter and bar.

Disco Volante by Lukas Galehr

Simple wooden chairs and benches provide rows of seating, giving most diners a clear view of the glittering central feature.

Disco Volante by Lukas Galehr

Lukas Galehr is a member of design collective MadameMohr, which includes five architects and one industrial designer.

Disco Volante by Lukas Galehr

Other pizzerias to feature on Dezeen include one surrounded by tin cans and one modelled on an Italian courtyard.

Disco Volante by Lukas Galehr

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Disco Volante by Lukas Galehr

Here's a short movie showing the spinning oven in action:

Photography is by Lukas Schaller.

Here's a project description from the architect:


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.