MOTTO AM FLUSS Café and Restaurant Vienna, Austria

Venice of the 1950s is absolutely in keeping with Vienna’s lifestyle at the “Motto am Fluss”.

There is hardly a more central location in Vienna than the “Motto am Fluss” above the Danube Canal. Located at the crossing point of the St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Karmelitermarkt – thus, right between the historic centre of the old town and the hip quarter of the city – the ship-like building is vis-à-vis with the striking skyline of the lower Danube. Here, the life of a classic cosmopolitan city with a pulsating flow of people and traffic determines the image of Vienna.

The various functions and sophisticated atmospheric needs of the “Motto am Fluss”, spread over two floors, pay homage to the “Venice of the 1950s”. In this spirit, this is on the one hand about the closeness to the water as well as the landing and departing ships, which one can observe from the sunlit terraces. On the other hand, this is also about the casual, elegant and custom-made bar and restaurant furniture designed and handcrafted with a maritime sensibility. At this place, one will be served self-made drinks while listening to good music and enjoying delicious meals in a sociable environment.


The interior of the landing stage is dominated by a high-tech diagonal supporting structure. With its soft elegant forms, reminiscent of the early Italian industrial design that developed under the influence of the American way of life in the early 1950s, the “Motto am Fluss” draws attention to itself.

Artfully patterned tile flooring and walls are paired with backlit cherry-wood shelves in the shop of the “Motto am Fluss”, as well as with gleaming black table tops in the restaurant. All the movement, all dynamics, all the water, air and lights of the city, as well as the foam of the marine turbines are reflected in the various mirrors positioned in the angular walls of the ship-like building.

A sense of comfort and cosiness is created by the shiny black velvet-upholstered furniture with slightly varying pastel-coloured pipings. In addition, an elegantly styled brass clock above the entrance of the kitchen evokes the culture of travel, or the punctuality of transport.

  • Category: Restaurant, Interior, Furniture
  • Status: Completed
  • Location: Vienna, Austria
  • Completion: July 2010
  • Level 1: 485 m², 194 seats
  • Level 1 Kitchen: 62 m²
  • Level 2: 174 m², 85 seats
  • Level 2 Kitchen: 24 m²
  • Platform: 230 m², 176 outdoor seats
Completed: PORTO Bar at DAS TRIEST Hotel
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