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The Rotlo- A Traditional Gujarati Restuarant Designed by Architect Manisha Shah and Chirag Shah

Total furniture customized onsite in traditional style benches, khaat, seating, tables in neem & mango wood to reduce cost & make it sustainable for the project. Vibrant colors used in furniture
Ar Manisha Shah and Ar Chirag Shah, Chirag Shah & Associates, Vadodara

Designed by Architect Manisha Shah and Architect Chirag Shah ‘The Rotlo’ is a traditional Gujarati setting born from a need of a traditional Gujarati restaurant where the menu and ambience are in sync with each other in the best possible manner.

The overall layout of this project consists of hut-like structures built with basic masonry frame separated by narrow, well-lit lanes, as an attempt to replicate the vernacular built-fabric of a quaint Gujarati village. The planning also houses an entrance courtyard to accommodate ‘Dairo’ (local theatre art), shehnai or flute recitals and puppet shows with a typical kathiyawadi style ‘charpayee’ seating.

Chirag Shah & Associates

The RCC (ips) flooring has been painted in rangoli style to give an authentic feel. Traditional wall paintings have been researched from scriptures and replicated by local artisans. Each artwork is aptly placed in each space with respect to its significance, meaning and importance; moreover, exterior walls have been textured in cement plaster giving it classical cow dung ‘Lipan’ effect.

traditional Gujarati restaurant

Clients wanted to cater to customers not just with the taste palette but with an environment that spoke of tradition, culture and the forgotten art & craft of this region. The limitation was a strict budget, considering this being their first-hand experiment in the restaurant business and also as this prime piece of land is capable of being used for a hi-end commercial project in future and hence an intention of quick profit with lesser expenditure.

Traditional wall paintings

RCC (ips) flooring with floor painting done in rangoli style by local artisans to give the authentic feel. Cement texture ‘lipan’ done in cement plaster to give it cowdung plaster effect Temporary structure with basic masonry frame. Fibre roof with fabric/jute cloth ceiling to cover structure bottom

Doors, Windows, Grills and Frescoes have also been extensively reused as the project was budget bound. These elements, along with the traditional style benches, khaat & tables crafted from locally available neem and mango wood makes this project a sustainable one. The food is served in authentic, handcrafted earthenware vessels and plates stitched from leaves, reflecting the Gujarati ‘Parmapara’ of warmth and hospitality.

Total furniture customized onsite in traditional style benches, khaat, seating, tables in neem & mango wood to reduce cost & make it sustainable for the project. Vibrant colors used in furniture as per traditional standards to express the culture.

Traditional Gujarati Restaurant

Traditional wall paintings researched in scriptures and replicated by local artisans. Each artwork is aptly placed in each space with respect to its significance, meaning & importance.

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Fibre roof with fabric

 

Traditional Gujarati Restaurant

Project Details

Name of the Project: The Rotlo
Firm: Chirag Shah & Associates
Material Used: Fibre roof with fabric, extensively reused motiff’s, doors, windows, etc., RCC (ips) flooring with floor painting, etc.
Project: Traditional Gujarati Restaurant
Project Location: Vadodara, Gujarat
Plot Area: 16000 sqft
Architect: Ar Chirag Shah and Ar Manisha Shah

About the Author

Chirag Shah & Associates, a Vadodara based architectural firm is headed by Ar Chirag Shah & Ar Manisha Shah. They have been in this field of creative architecture since last two decades and have more than 900 satisfied clients in every sector, having served in complete spectrum of architecture. We believe in one rule “build naturally, avoid any specific styles, don’t do anything unnecessary as we believe everything that is superfluous becomes ugly with time.”

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