The listed Koller + Koller am Waagplatz restaurant is one of the city’s most historic buildings and restaurants, while also representing an important social and cultural facility for the city of Salzburg. After undergoing a significant six-month-renovation, Koller + Koller am Waagplatz opened its doors with a brand new look.
The design concept is characterized by a variety of materials and a lively skilled craftsmanship from Salzburg, Styria and Lower Austria, incorporating metalworks and the use of high-quality marble varieties and refined wooden components in traditional ways. The entire vaulted ceiling of the ground floor is covered with brass mosaic tiles to optimize the acoustic qualities of the space. Designed by Barcelona-based graphic artist Cristina Spano, the company logo, featuring a vixen and a rooster dancing together, has been randomly distributed on mosaic tiles. It adds the finishing touch to the unique ambiance of the place.
The walls of the restaurant are covered by continuous wood veneer, which extends up from the dark walnut wood veneer to the tinted mirror glass and lighter oak veneer, fitting under the peak of the vaulted ceiling. This transition is marked by backlit glass bottles placed to add a touch of playfulness to the space. Depending on the color of the glass or the contents of the bottle, the light always appears different. An existing floor made of Adnet marble has been carefully renovated and preserved. In the main dining room, it is completed by a sophisticated yet playful marble-terrazzo flooring in the same color, with a distinctive, elegant patterning.
All the seating, benches and chairs, as well as tables, are defined by simplicity and robustness. Made of high-quality leather and wood in a restrained color palette, they are designed to demonstrate their value over time. Specific attention has been paid to the lighting design. The desired level of illumination has been achieved through the controlled lighting and various lighting configurations, but a very specific atmosphere and distribution of light in the space has been essentially created through the play with the material depths and surface textures.