“As long as you do what you believe and create interesting design solutions that are functional and yet explorative, work never stops and there are no downturns.” Ar. Sanjay Puri
Facing a busy arterial road of the Kolkata city, this small plot for a business hotel with 66 rooms had a height limitation of 24 m.
The hotel is planned in eight levels with public spaces occupying the first three levels and four levels of rooms above with a rooftop lounge bar on the topmost floor. Since there was nothing in the surroundings to look out to at the lower levels, the entire volume comprising the public spaces and the vertical circulation is punctuated by small 45 cm diameter circular openings. These openings allow natural light into the public spaces at daytime and are made of frit glass so that the exterior is purposely not seen and the public spaces have an identity of their own once one enters and experiences them. The room levels are identified by a rectilinear white block, forming a wedge at the front corner that houses a suite at each level overlooking a school playground beyond the flyover across the road.
The juxtaposition of angular punctuated volumes that form the building, the sculpted free flowing entrance lobby, the angular abstracted volumes of the restaurant, the variety of rooms and the fluid spaces of the bar each are created with their own distinct identity and experience.
Each space is a sculpted volume with forms, colours, textures, materials and lighting being brought together in a cohesive way to create its individual experience. These spaces create a hotel that is not just a place to stay in temporarily, but a series of spaces that are explorative in the experiences they evoke.
Architects: Sanjay Puri Architects
Location: Kolkatta, India
The project was published in the June 2014 issue of SURFACES REPORTER.
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