Institute of Advanced Studies
Our design office has contributed to the renovation of listed buildings in the historic town of Kőszeg, located on the Austrian-Hungarian border. Initiated by the Institute of Advanced Studies (iASK), the programme aims to develop the city as an internationally recognised interdisciplinary centre of knowledge through its architectural and cultural development.
The renewal of the Szemző House in Art Nouveau style (1910), the Festetics Palace dating back to the 13th century and the former Jesuit, later Benedictine monastery (1680) will restore the dignity of the built heritage, while also providing cultural and historical assets for innovative future developments. The years of planning, research and construction of the listed buildings required meticulous and coordinated work by all involved, and the city can be justly proud of its successfully regenerated built heritage.
The Szemző House has preserved the space and atmosphere of its original interior and is now home to a research centre of the iASK, with the addition of lecture and community spaces.
The Festetics Palace, an outstanding jewel of Kőszeg, has a rich architectural history. Wall research has revealed 8 centuries of history, as well as a surprise such as the Baroque-Rococo ceiling and wall paintings found in the salon, which represent a high artistic quality. The renovated building is a multifunctional centre for art and research.
Originally built as a Jesuit monastery, the Baroque building was later extended to serve as a secondary school. Its multi-storey roof structure and vaulted ceiling are unique. The building, which was renovated on behalf of the Hungarian Benedictine Congregation Pannonhalmi Abbey, is a Benedict Hotel and offers accommodation not only to tourists but also to university teachers and students, as it is also a venue for academic conferences, seminars, and professional forums.