The Krypt.Bar Is Located In A Late 18th Century Cellar In Vienna That’s 39 Feet Underground

Büro KLK transformed an 18th century cellar in Vienna, Austria, into a contemporary underground cocktail bar. #Bar #UndergroundBar #InteriorDesign

Photography by David Schreyer

 

When this late 18th century building in Vienna, Austria, was being renovated, a bricked up staircase was found. That staircase led to a twelve meter deep (39 foot deep), second cellar area with approximately 250 square meters.

After historical investigators looked into the building, they discovered that it had once been used as a semi-legal establishment in the 50’s and 60’s in an era of Vienna’s flourishing jazz scene represented by names as Joe Zawinul or Fatty George.

Commissioned by their client to bring the space back to life, architecture firm Büro KLK, set to work to transform the space into a contemporary underground cocktail bar.

 

Büro KLK transformed an 18th century cellar in Vienna, Austria, into a contemporary underground cocktail bar. #Bar #UndergroundBar #InteriorDesign

Photography by David Schreyer

A narrow entrance door leads to the first basement level and gives glimpses of the original walls. A wood staircase with lighting leads down another 7 meters  (22 feet), where stone arches are revealed.


A wood staircase with lighting leads down to an underground cocktail bar that dates back to the late 18th century. #UndergroundBar #Stairs #CocktailBar

Photography by David Schreyer

Throughout the interior of the bar there are several alcoves, a hidden booth, the smallest art gallery in Vienna and secret hallways that surround the center piece.


Throughout the interior of this underground bar there are several alcoves, a hidden booth, the smallest art gallery in Vienna and secret hallways that surround the center piece. #UndergroundBar #CocktailBar

Photography by David Schreyer

In the bar area, all of the equipment and appliances are situated on a concrete floor plate and on load-bearing trussing which was directly generated from the engineering requirements. The ventilation pipes have been turned into an accent as they have been clad in composition gold.


Büro KLK transformed an 18th century cellar in Vienna, Austria, into a contemporary underground cocktail bar. #CocktailBar #UndergroundBar

Photography by David Schreyer

The concrete floor plate throughout the bar is covered with a layer of Italian nero marquina marble manually laid in a herringbone bond. The numerous alcoves have a variety of seating options for guests. In this alcove, there’s a darkened room with dark leather couches hidden by curtains.


In this underground bar, there are numerous alcoves have a variety of seating options for guests. In this alcove, there's a darkened room with dark leather couches hidden by curtains. #UndergroundBar #BarDesign #InteriorDesign

Photography by David Schreyer

There’s also more open spaces with comfortable brown couches and armchairs.


Büro KLK transformed an 18th century cellar in Vienna, Austria, into a contemporary underground cocktail bar. #UndergroundBar #BarDesign

Photography by David Schreyer

In another alcove, there’s a raised floor that allows for a sunken lounge with blue couches and hidden lighting.


In this underground bar with stone alcoves, there's a raised floor that allows for a sunken lounge with blue couches and hidden lighting. #SunkenLounge #StoneAlcove #UndergroundBar

Photography by David Schreyer

Wood doors with gold hardware compliment the wood stairs and the gold clad ventilation pipes.


Wood doors with gold hardware compliment the wood stairs and the gold clad ventilation pipes in this underground bar. #UndergroundBar #Doors

Photography by David Schreyer | Architecture/Interior Design: Büro KLK & BFA | Architect: Heinz Lutter | Design: Jonathan Lutter, Christian Knapp, Fabian Lutter, Jürgen DePaul | Site Supervision: Cetus Baudevelopment GmbH & Oliver Gusella | Structural Engineering: Fröhlich & Locher

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