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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Mochi Restaurant in Vienna, Austria by Kohlmayr Lutter Knapp

May 29th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Kohlmayr Lutter Knapp

The story of the two Mochi founders roots in learning how to cook with Pierre Gagnaire and Jean- François Piège in Paris while the other directed BMW World’s restaurant in Munich. Their vision was to create a space where people and ingredients could meet on the highest level of atmosphere and quality. Beyond regular parameters of star cuisine and slick architecture a space should be created challenging a next level of authentic encounter.


  • Architects: Kohlmayr Lutter Knapp / Office for Systemic Design
  • Project: Mochi Restaurant
  • Location: Vienna, Austria


Design challenges

Authenticity is materialized in three statements: Pure concrete, plain copper and oiled oak – settings for an urban, forward looking restaurant. The formal techniques of the central kitchen enclosure are based on origami, creating different spatial situations at the bar. The functional strategy is based on mobility. Wooden Vitra chairs mixed with movable benches allow the interior to expand from a light 25 person into a vibrant 50 people setting.


Design results

Due to the client’s specific demands the young Viennese design office Kohlmayr Lutter Knapp developed an interior which takes its atmospheric inspiration from Tokyo’s old town soup kitchens: a place where crowds come together for a lively experience. The result of the design process leads to an acclaimed restaurant, where social design can be experienced. Just like an essence of life, Mochi provides space for human encounter.


Abstract Office

Kohlmayr Lutter Knapp / Office for Systemic Design is a design agency based in Vienna, Austria. Following a post- structuralistic point of view, their credo is the creation of systems not buildings. Each of their approaches into the fields of urbanism, architecture and design consider a wide range of aesthetic, social, economical and ecological aspects focusing on intelligent, clear and down to earth solutions.



Mochi Floor Plan

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