The Mumbai-based Sanjay Puri Architects realised this business hotel in the center of Kolkatta.
Here is what the architects say:
“Facing a busy arterial road of the city and flanked by commercial buildings on either side with a residential building at the rear, this small plot for a business hotel 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 of 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. Each opening is lit by LEDs during the evening hours that change colour as the night progresses, making the building dynamic as it glows in different hues like a large punctuated lantern.”
“The room levels are identified by a rectilinear white block that is punctuated by varying widths of vertical slit windows that cantilevers out over the level of the flyover, 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 built form thus relates to its surroundings in terms of its planning and creates a distinct identity albeit its small size.
The hotel is entered through a 24′ high lobby with a wall of varied rectilinear composition of wood and glass that curves into the ceiling, slowly fragmenting into individual suspended glass cuboids, creating a sculptural effect. The small lobby space is perceived with openness by virtue of its volume and its extension into an open coffee shop that is segregated by low pink glass partitions.”
“Suspended within this lobby volume, a wood wrapped corridor acts as an open bar overlooking the lobby while leading into a restaurant at the upper level. A glass punctuated floor with colour change lights echo the exterior wall composition in this open bar corridor with a linear glass bar counter.
Angled trapezoidal planes, punctuated with varied compositions, fold down from the ceiling to create two private dining areas within the restaurant space and fragment the volume into smaller spaces that are lent more privacy. The restaurant design thus creates compositions of form that are varied depending upon which part they are being perceived from.
Four levels of rooms house the 63 rooms, with each floor having a judicial mix of twin bed and double bed configurations, along with a suite and a themed room. The rooms thus offer a wide range of experiences. The suites are cantilevered out at the front corner of the building with floor to ceiling glass, each one designed differently. The rear corner has themed rooms that include a sports room, a quirky music room, a love room and a wellness room.”