architecture : urban : visual culture

Illusions in Eszterháza reception building

Dezső Ekler and his team designed a reception building to the Esterházy Palace in Fertőd, where dual narratives, created by the various architectural means of illusions, help visitors to get greeted and attuned to the perception of the historical building.

Every year, hundred thousand visitors arrive at the Esterházy Palace in Fertőd, and that number will grow in the future for sure. Previously, tourists headed for the castle from different directions and from temporary parking places. After several re-design, the current version reduced the reception building to the most necessary spaces and dimensions, including a multi-function foyer and lecture room. The so called dual narratives, created by the various architectural means of illusions, help arriving visitors to get attuned to the perception of the illustrious historical building. The essence of these illusions is that with their specific scale-changes they tell at least two spatial stories at the same place.  

In the lobby, visitors can walk around the model-like miniature version of the castle. While walking or sitting in the circular hall, on the lower part of the shading canopies tourists can see the prints of monuments to be found in the surrounding settlements, all pictures placed in geographically authentic directions. Entering the lecture room, a faithful replica of the castle courtyard, outlined in 3D in the acoustic wall panels, welcomes the visitors. 

Grey, white and black tones appear on the walls and furniture of the reception building, allowing the colorful Baroque masterpiece to have an even stronger effect on visitors, after they pass from the reception building into the castle’s world.

 

 

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