Plasser & Theurer

Plasser & Theurer

Ventilation grilles, angular cabins, turned machine parts, metal – both raw and coated. This was the material universe and DNA that inspired our design for Plasser & Theurer. We were asked to completely rethink their reception, customer lounge and meeting facilities. The spaces now ooze a professional confidence befitting the world leader in railtrack construction and maintenance. An atmosphere we like to call friendly industrial.
One of the main features upon entering the space is a zigzagging glass wall with twisted aluminium lamellas. The lamellas are glass bead blasted and their torsion subtly forms an arch, a key element of the company’s corporate identity.
The coffee bar and lounge area takes its cues from P&T’s turned machine parts and their additive nature. We designed a bespoke family of lounge chairs and a table. The bar and reception desk are inspired by the angular front of the company’s monster machines.
The acoustic wooden ceiling mirrors the oak floor, lending a welcoming warmth to the space. Most surfaces are soft to the touch. The colour scheme is all about grey and glowing metal hues. The coppertone volume on the left houses a wardrobe and the guest bathroom.
Two meeting rooms of different sizes are separated by a movable wall that can be retracted to form one big space for board meetings and seminars. The glass wall towards the lounge and reception is soundproof double-glazed and includes doors with automatically lowering bottom seals. The atmosphere in this area is consciously more subdued and focused.
The guest bathroom has an intimate vibe. A cascade of marble lights in front of a folded full-height mirror adds depth. Structural walls are clad in low-contrast terrazzo tiles. Partitions and built-in furniture are made of glazed white birch plywood.

Metalwork by Schlosserei Feiner @gabrielfeiner.
Joinery by Tischlerei Gruber.
Photos by Leonhard Hilzensauer