The BirdYard is a three-story restaurant & cocktail bar in Vienna, designed by Tzou Lubroth Architekten, an Austrian award-winning architecture practice. The design concept is based on a three-act spatial choreography that begins at the street.
The first act is a bright split-level bistro behind the large arched storefront windows. This is a Spartan grayscale space defined by white walls, black furnishings, and rigid strip lighting. The poverty of color sets the stage for a mesmerizing display of richly textured tapas and mezes emerging from the kitchen. The second act is a kitchen itself. Open to the bistro on both levels and clad entirely in stainless steel, the kitchen appears mechanical in nature, a gastronomical laboratory. It also plays a role of a buffer between the front bistro and a cocktail bar on the basement floor, which forms the final and most expressive act.
The dark and saturated color palette of the cocktail bar is completely opposite to the bistro. Back-lighted tables and bar counters act here as illuminated beacons in the dark. For this space, the Romanian artist Saddo has realized a series of colorful floor-to-ceiling murals. Depicting birds and foliage at a magnified scale, they create an immersive environment, an ant’s eye view of the world.
The bathrooms are divided from the rest of the space by a freestanding curved wall clad in stone and mirror strips. A roughly carved cylindrical stone basin, resembling an ancient baptismal font, is displayed at the center.