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If Dogs Run Free, Vienna

designers slip the leash at theatrical bar...

If Dogs Run Free, Vienna
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Gregorio S. Lubroth and Chieh-shu Tzou of Tzou Lubroth Architekten slipped the leash at this new Viennese watering bowl – in fact the pair are part owners along with a graphic designer, a restaurateur and an actress, so there was never likely to be a shortage of creativity at If Dogs Run Free...

If Dogs Run Free… There are probably a lot of off-colour ways you can finish that sentence for yourselves. If you green-light a new bar and let the designers run free, this is what your ceiling looks like: a crazy landscape of coloured polygons that recalls the choose-your-own-future game of your school days, constructed by a gaggle of girls by elaborately folding paper to kill time in third period geography.

Gregorio S. Lubroth and Chieh-shu Tzou of Tzou Lubroth Architekten slipped the leash at this new Viennese watering bowl – in fact the pair are part owners along with a graphic designer, a restaurateur and an actress, so there was never likely to be a shortage of creativity at If Dogs Run Free (which, we assume, is named after the Dylan song of the same name). Conceived along the lines of a theatre, the space uses the ceiling as the stage, with the floor and walls much more down-to-earth in colour and style.

Although these parts feature blanket palettes of muted grey and earthy brown, there is a richness there that ensures it never feels a sterile promontory, and these blank canvasses will be used to showcase artworks in the future. Put yourselves in the action at this scene-stealing set on Gumpendorfer Strasse in the city’s 6th District.

If Dogs Run Free, Vienna
If Dogs Run Free, Vienna
If Dogs Run Free, Vienna
If Dogs Run Free, Vienna
If Dogs Run Free, Vienna
If Dogs Run Free, Vienna

Photography, Stefan Zenzmaier

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