After the award-winning architectural reconstruction of the listed buildings and further development of the surrounding public spaces led by chief architect Aniko Markos, this year the entire Platan property relaunched to a new identity thanks to the efforts of interior designer Zoltan Varro.
▼项目概览，general view © ERIKA GANCS
Leveraging the downtime created by a global pandemic as an opportunity, the team behind the combined bistro, restaurant and guest house took the chance to refurbish everything for a top-to-bottom experience of elegance and grandeur. When approaching this new look, Zoltan Varro knew it was crucial to draw upon the three things that were integral to the Platan: the nearby historic Esterhazy Palace, the natural beauty of the lake, and the artisanal gastronomy of chef Istvan Pesti, who earned a Michelin-star for his previous workplace.
▼周边建筑环境，built heritage surrounding Platan Tata © ERIKA GANCS
▼鸟瞰，aerial view © ERIKA GANCS
But if the interiors hope to create a sense of baroque regality, then the adjoining spa presents a more contemporary attitude towards exclusivity. Overlooked by the old castle walls and embedded within the grounds that once acted as a defensive moat, a pair of oblong, mirrored structures house recreational spaces that are at once visible and concealed from passing tourists that might peer down at the flowing stream from the bridge over the moat. Clever reflective windows mean guests can enjoy a moment of relaxation surrounded by carefully tended gardens, while onlookers will see nothing but the reflection of the stonework of the castle walls.
▼曾经作为护城河的区域内嵌入了两座长方形的体量 © ERIKA GANCS
A pair of oblong were embedded within the grounds that once acted as a defensive moat
▼外墙以镜面覆盖，the mirrored facade © ERIKA GANCS
▼从花园望向建筑，view from the garden © GYORGY DARABOS
Inspired by the contemporary design philosophy of repurposing heritage sites that can no longer perform their function, Zoltan Varro created a camouflaged spa within the old moat grounds – a worldwide first of its kind. It’s an area only accessible to visitors of the Platan guest house and yet can be viewed by any of the numerous tourists that pass by. It’s a unique sense of exclusivity, one that mirrors its heritage while still offering isolated comfort in an otherwise open and publicly visible space.
▼内部桑拿房，the sauna space inside the building © ERIKA GANCS
▼休闲设施，recreational spaces © GYORGY DARABOS
▼室内细节，interior details © GYORGY DARABOS
▼夜间视角，night view © ERIKA GANCS