By : wadeindia | 05 May 2017 | Recent projects
The Umrao – Boutique Hotel
Design and Structure:
Transforming modern geometry into an exotic creation, ”The Umrao” makes for one of the most uniquely designed boutique hotels Delhi has ever seen. Minimalist, straight line character, purity of form and subtle colors gives this Boutique hotel a unique charm.
The idea was to establish a hotel that combines the exclusivity expected by the guests in regards to luxury which is visually pleasing and functionally upscale.
The architect pays tribute to the resplendence of India’s culture with a project like “The Umrao” in the contrasting urban fabric of New Delhi.
The design elements were conceived in such great detail and converted to actuality so that the reality bespeaks the vision envisaged. Blending contemporary design and timeless architecture, the hotel creates an intimate welcoming feeling like none other.
Having a strong indoor-outdoor connect; this boutique hotel has an imposing entrance. Resting stately amidst lush green lawns, an imposing palm lined vista takes the visitor to the transitional court having a focal obelisk from where the guest experience begins to unfold. It combines classical architectural exterior design with contemporary warm interiors. The stunning exteriors with intricate décor envelop guests in a royal mystique.
An independent banquet hall approach separates the hotel guest from the banquet visitor. Manicured banquet lawns and state-of-the-art landscaping, swimming pool with deck and water features add the nature element to the built mass.
An impressive entrance foyer depicting awe and grandeur is topped with a central imposing dome creates an interesting play of light and shade in the interiors. A grand welcoming Reception and a Piano Lounge pampers the guest on arrival. Multi-speciality restaurant, Thyme, offers a sumptuous palette to the visitor.
It accommodates venues namely, Elroy, Courtis, Milap and Alameda.
A total of 60 well – appointed guest rooms have suites, double rooms, twin rooms and rooms with private outdoor Jacuzzis and are a treat for the business traveler. Offering uninterrupted views of the lush green outdoors, the guest rooms are of varying types depending upon the requirement. Warm and Plush offerings bring in the desired comfort and luxury.
Fine dining restaurant, coffee shop, tea lounge, banquet hall with spillover lawns and a beautifully landscaped pool with deck & change rooms enhance the guest experience. The fine-dining restaurant overlooks the pool and outdoor deck.
The large central Atrium serves as a Breakfast Lounge and opens up onto the poolside.
GROUND FLOOR : Grand lobby, restaurant, banquets , piano lounge, breakfast lounge , gym and 28 well appointed guest rooms with outdoor Jacuzzis.
FIRST FLOOR : Grand double height atrium , lift lobby , terrace garden restaurant with lit up dome, 4 suites and 23 guest rooms, terrace top banquet facility.
RCC post tensioned (PT) slab construction has been used to achieve large column free spans for public usage spaces in the hotel. Shear walls and conventional RCC with brick infill has been used for the stair wells and rooms.
Patterns of flooring create a sensation of virtual space characterized by the superposition of light, transparency, texture and the luxurious colour blend of tan and gold. Italian flooring in public areas, wooden flooring in guest rooms, carpeting in guest room corridors and banquet hall, Italian marble cladding & flooring in toilets and vestibules has been resorted to.
The play of GRC Jaali creates an informal intricacy of shadows that are both dramatic and engaging. UPVC windows in the exteriors and teak wood joinery in the interiors has been used.
Lighting, Ventilation and Sustainability:
Weaving in with all modern facilities and world class amenities in the hotel; its ventilation, air-conditioning, acoustics and illumination are taken care of. Rainwater Harvesting has been resorted to owing to the large green expanse to utilize and recharge ground water ensuring judicious and energy efficient functioning of the hotel. Grass pavers have been used in parking / landscaped areas.
Large number of windows are used. The windows are aptly placed to maximize day lighting, reducing the need for artificial lighting. The use of high efficiency, low emissivity glazing allows high levels of daylight in whist reducing heat losses through windows. Smart, energy saving lighting techniques are used in the corridor which are controlled by movement.
Keeping the ground coverage low and stressing upon the large expansive greens, the carbon footprint of the built mass has been reduced.
All in all at “The Umrao”, relax in leisure where the past engages the future to make a stylish present.
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