Olomouc, Czech Republic – For a brand-new food-and-drink spot, Konvikt has a surprisingly rich backstory. Situated in a centuries-old Jesuit community building, the café has a prestigious 17th-century neighbour: Olomouc’s Corpus Christi Chapel. Designed by Prague-based creative Denisa Strmiskova and her studio, the space narrates a story of old and new, interpreting the mystique of the nearby landmark and its visual language.
One of the oldest and most visited sites in the Moravian city, the Jesuit chapel was built by Czech architect Jan Jakub Kniebandl and is a striking example of baroque architecture. After being restored and preserved, it became a concert, conference and event venue for the local Arts Centre of Palacký University in 2002. Denisa Strmiskova Studio's referential concept can, quite similarly, be seen as a means of keeping Olomouc's heritage widely accessible and approachable in the modern day.