The architecture of a "fuel stop for grownups"
On 23 November 2011, the railway station 'Wien West' in Vienna (with ca. 43.000 travelers daily one of Austria's most important traffic knots) will be re-opened in a new style that combines the historical building and new architecture by Neumann + Steiner (webcam views on the construction area). The 'BahnhofCity Wien West' includes travel services, fashion shops, gastronomy, offices, and a hotel.
One of the announced attractions for culinary and design addicted at the 'BahnhofCity' is the restaurant 'Vapiano' by industrial designer and architect Matteo Thun (keywords: part of the design group 'Memphis' started 1981 by Ettore Sottsass; functional ceramic objects).
Matteo Thun is the creative head of the mediterranean interior design of Vapiano, which is described on the company's websites as a fast casual, hip dining restaurant - a "fuel stop for grownups" - with focus on fresh made Italian pizzas, pasta, and salads. The customers can order in the different zones of the restaurant and pay later with a personal chip card at the end of the visit.
Vapiano, founded 2002 in Bonn (DE), is a fast expanding restaurant-chain. At this time, there are around 100 Vapianos worldwide. Before the Vapiano at the BahnhofCity in Vienna opens on 23 November, one is announced for Budapest (Hungary) on 3 November, followed by a Vapiano on 25 November in Marseille. In the same month, Vapiano opens spaces in Sweden, Taiwan, United States. For 2012, Vapianos in Germany, Switzerland, Hungary, Qatar, Netherlands, are planned.
fig. original: The picture shows the Vapiano food bar on the opening day at the Potsdamer Platz in Berlin on 1st June 2006. Above the food bar are paintings of hunting-sceneries like a cat after a bird, a volumized dancer, nature impressions like fruits from under the sea... Photo: Dirk Michael Deckbar; (C) VAPIANO/deckbar.de.
Source: Original article with image on http://www.fashionoffice.org/cuisine/2011/vapiano10-2011.htm.
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