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Varro Design：该项目位于匈牙利塔塔宁静的“老湖”边，一个叫普拉坦（Platan）的地区，紧邻古老的皇家城堡，坐享得天独厚的场地优势。复兴计划的核心概念就是善用场地优势并赋予其内在价值。Esterhazy家族庄园原有的佣人的住所被改造成了一个简陋但声誉良好的餐厅，设计师与著名主厨Istvan Pesti合作，对餐厅进行了再次改造，现在，它已经成为了一个美食地标。
Varro Design：When it came to renovating a beloved property sitting beside an old royal castle, understanding the strengths that are available and empowering those inherent values to distil them down to their most core fundamentals was at the centre of the concept. The Platan, located beside the tranquil Old Lake in Tata, Hungary, has been renewed and reinvigorated by this very understanding. What was once a humble but reputed eatery built into the servant’s quarters of the Esterhazy family’s estate next to the royal castle, has now been transformed into a gastronomic landmark with renowned chef, Istvan Pesti, placed at the heart of the idea.
▼普拉坦紧邻古老城堡 The Platan, located beside the tranquil Old Lake in Tata
餐厅是普拉坦的入口门户，如何将它的现代豪华感和舒适感隐藏在14世纪的石头城堡之中而又不失18世纪Esterhazy家族庄园的优雅，金钥匙获奖设计师Zoltan Varro找到了答案。他和团队利用新冠肺炎导致的停业间隙，联合小酒馆、餐厅和宾馆背后的团队对这栋历史保护建筑进行了改造并重新装修，再加上首席建筑师Aniko Markos对建筑周围的公共空间的改造，普拉坦整个区域的身份焕然一新，以给客户提供从始至终的优雅体验。
Zoltan Varro利用了普拉坦区域至关重要的三个特点：历史悠久的Esterhazy 宫殿、湖上的自然美景以及米其林星级主厨Istvan Pesti的艺术美食。其中最明显的特点体现在建筑本身，这座建筑曾被用作佣人的住所，为贵族和来访的客人提供必要的服务，它被尽可能地保留了下来。Zoltan Varro和Aniko Markos在室内设计和外部装修方面都表现出对细节的关注。例如，建筑的门窗框架，Aniko Markos选择了特别的红色调，与几十年前使用的颜色相一致。
With this heritage literally on the doorstep of the Platan, Gold Key award-winning designer Zoltan Varro knew there had to be a way to hide this contemporary luxury and comfort among the 14th Century stones of the castle it sits beside while also finding inspiration in the elegance of the Esterhazy legacy of the 18th Century. 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 the interior designer Zoltan Varro. 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. The first of those is most clearly seen in the structure of the property itself. Once used as a servant’s quarters housing the essential staff that attended the nobles and their guests visiting the palace that neighbour the property, the building was required to be retained as close to how it would’ve been originally. Both Zoltan Varro and chief architect Aniko Markos shared this desire for fine detail, seen in the aspects of both interior design and exterior renovation. One such example that best highlights their shared attention to detail can be seen in the doors and window frames of the Platan property, with the particular shade of red being chosen by Aniko Markos selected to coincide with the same colour that would have been used decades earlier.
▼矩形结构的镜面建筑被高耸的旧城墙和护城河围绕 The oblongs, mirrored structures house is surrounded by the old castle walls and a defensive moat
▼主入口 Main entrance
The guest house itself highlights the inspiration of the property’s history the most, with regal wallpaper and ornate touches intended to hark back to a time of kings and counts. Dark wooden fixtures and fittings give each room of the guest house a feeling of staying within a nobleman’s salon, with furniture that calls back to elegant equivalents that can be seen in the baroque décor of the Esterhazy Palace, while still ensuring enough modernity to be fresh and relevant.
A unique print of moss is used for the carpet, a motif that is also used regularly throughout the new design of the Platan. For Zoltan Varro, it is inspired by the restaurant’s chef, Istvan Pesti, whose own gastronomic creations are empowered by the surrounding natural landscape and are said to be treats both for the eyes and the stomach.
Everything about Platan is built around gastronomy at its centre. With direct views over the Old Lake, the ground floor houses the bistro portion of the property, readily accessible to tourists for an elegant yet comfortable dining experience, whether it’s impeccable meals prepared by Istvan Pesti and his team or just coffee and cakes before exploring the lake.
Downstairs, however, is the beating heart of Zoltan Varro’s grand vision. Once a dusty cellar, it has been transformed into a bright, opulent and grand environment, each room colour coded in the same ways that European nobility had once done with their own manor homes and palaces. The blue room is the breakfast suite, for example, while the green room is a drinking saloon. At the end of the cellar is the final destination, the place where the gastronomic tale ends and the vision of Platan’s redesign is fully executed. Here is where the guests looking for a fine dining experience will be escorted, offering a modern, high-end yet intimate feeling of exclusivity, separated from the bustle with tables lit like altars. It beckons visitors from down the corridor, but only those who know of the exclusive quality that awaits will be aware, and will likely already have travelled to Tata just for this special occasion.
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 oblongs, 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. 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.
▼水疗中心 Spa details
The added challenge of ensuring minimal impact on the historical space was an important one, with Zoltan Varro’s solution being to use floating structures that sit on the land but, if required, could be removed without any permanent damage to the castle grounds. The castle walls next to the area have also been refurbished, thus protecting the medieval walls from further deterioration, which will now be visible at night with sophisticated yet subtle lighting. Greater still, much of the original fauna is to be recultivated in cooperation with local environmentalists, not only providing serene sights for visitors of the spa but to emphasise the fleeting nature of these inventive floating structures. Illustrations of birds of prey, created by a wildlife artist, will also be placed on the mirrored walls to protect any birds from an unexpected collision.
合作方：JAB, Jacuzzi, Radici Pietro, Sant’Agostino, MegaGlass
摄影：Erika Gancs, Gyorgy Darabos
Project name: Platan Tata
Completion Year: 2021
Size: 2000 sqm
Project location: Tata, Hungary
Design Team: Varro design
Lead Architects: Zoltan Varro
Collaborators: JAB, Jacuzzi, Radici Pietro, Sant’Agostino, MegaGlass
Clients: Platan Tata
Photo credits: Erika Gancs, Gyorgy Darabos
Editor: Jiangyan Shou
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