Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Park Hotel - Hyderbad

During my recent trip to Hyderabad I got a chance to check out The Park hotel.
I got to have a detail tour of the place including there VIP suites and all the works thanks to my SIL. The building is designed by SOM and is on the banks of Hussain Sagar Lake. It is the first LEED Gold certified hotel in India.
The building design is pretty SOMish and it definitely stands out in the context. I remember during my past trips to Hyderabad when the building was under construction (and I din't know what it was) I had made a mental note to check it out when its done. And so I did.
From across the lake the building looks like an angular contemporary structure with wave like pattern formed by the glazing and the cladding. Once I approached close by, I realised that the building is elevated a couple of storeys to give expansive views of the lake, especially from the central "C" shaped courtyard which holds the swimming pool overlooking the lake.
The facade is made of metal screen in varying patterns of perforations and embossing which provides a range of transparency according to the needs of the spaces inside. According to SOM "the shape of the facade’s openings, as well as the three‐dimensional patterns on the screens themselves, were inspired by the forms of the metalwork of the crown jewels of the Nizam, the city’s historic ruling dynasty." Which is very obviously evident during night time as the light shimmers through the cutouts.
To talk about the Interiors of the Hotel, let me start by saying that while many Indian five star hotels opt for a classical look for their interiors, which I like only sometimes, this one has gone in a complete hip and contemporary direction by juxtaposing the design with some very beautiful traditional local arts and crafts. Like the metal work chandeliers in the image below or the traditional Kalamkari style of textile painting on the ceiling panels. But more about the interiors in a later post.
Kalamkari painting on the ceiling panels
The metal work ceiling feature above the Reception desk
The hand blown glass Chandelier

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