Forchtenstein Castle


gentle reconstruction of the historical rooms and a dignified presentation of numerous exhibits and adequate exhibition furniture
as a tension between the built-in structures and the historical substance
optimal conditions for the objects and undisturbed viewing



The exposure and renovation of historical rooms for permanent and special exhibitions, and the implamentation of an exhibition architecture for a number of exhibits from the Esterházy collection in Forchtenstein Castle were realized without any irreparable interference with the historical substance. The historic rooms have been restored and returned into their original state.

The modular conception of the showcases allows maximum flexibility for the realization of diverse exhibition versions.

A continuous lighting concept ensures a balanced lighting situation, a light ceiling illuminates the rooms and exhibition objects adequately and without shadows.


Forchtenstein Twilight Milli Ausschnitt

The special showcases for the exhibition are as reduced as possible and appear in a restrained, floating character, so the focus is on the contents of the exhibition. The shoecases are state-of-the-art, ensure ideal indoor climate conditions and are processed dust-proofed.

A special feature are the built-in fittings, which are entirely made of anti-reflective glass, and the high-quality burnished steel base of the showcases. This gives the valuable art chamber pieces a worthy setting that allows the smallest details to be viewed in a balanced light.


Category Museum/Exhibition
City Forchtenstein
Commissioner F. E. Familien-Privatstiftung Eisenstadt
Period 2004–2006
Type direct
Status built

Pedestal Pottendorfer Altar: Behruz Heschmat


net floor area permanent exhibition: approx. 400m²
special exhibition: approx. 200m²
shop: approx. 45m²

Copyright driendl*architects ZT GmbH
Images Milli Kaufmann, Roland Krauss