Bengaluru’s newest seven-star super luxury hotel brings green design to life through its thematic hospitality concept, which is rooted in the historical tradition of its home country, India. Conceived as an ode to the Garden City of Bengaluru, the hotel’s design is inspired by the city’s flowers, birds and historical monuments. Constructed to include many environmentally-conscious “firsts”, the hotel pays tribute to its adage of “Responsible Luxury” topped off with a LEED Platinum rating – making it the largest hotel in the world to achieve such a title.
A joint effort by Delhi-based architecture firm Rajinder Kumar & Associates, London-based Interior designer Francesca Basu, and Dehli-based energy and sustainability consultants Environmental Design Solutions (EDS), the hotel is a prime exercise in luxury and contemporary design that concurrently manages to achieve eco-friendly status.
The wind pool atrium lobby introduces visitors to green design through elements like green vertical walls, sustainably-made furnishings, and a large span of green fabric suspended from the ceiling. Nature and the historic tradition of Bengaluru is experienced both in the hotel’s ability to magically capture the city’s spirit with simple interior design choices, like tiger-styled chairs, a lotus pond and four-post beds.
The restaurants on the ground floor include the multi-pillared lotus pavilion, inspired by the Summer Palace of Tipu Sultan, with parrot-shaped pillar adornments and a sloping green roof. The Cubbon Pavillion, a tribute to the famous Cubbon Park of Bengaluru, is highlighted by high green vertical walls. And the Japanese themed restaurant, EDO, has been inspired by Japan’s modern stone gardens and designed by the famed Super Potato of Japan. The Indian ambience of the spaces is amplified by fresco paintings, carvings created by local artists, and the aroma of ‘Locavore’ cuisine.
The L-shaped hotel sites on 4.5 acres of land and features 292 rooms spread over 11 floors, where each floor maintains its own theme, such as stone, earth, wood, water and fire. Moreover, each theme is aptly depicted through carefully-chosen pictures, motifs, textures and fabrics. Guests also enjoy a green experience through the eco-friendly mini bars, eco-toiletries, recycled paper stationery, and are eco-friendly spas.
Sustainable construction and energy saving initiatives are just as impressive as the hotel’s interior decor. Fly-ash bricks, double-sandwiched cladding glass, huge roof gardens and the use of eco-friendly piping amplify the projects green credentials. The hotel estimates an overall energy savings of 42%, as compared to other hotels of its size. LED lights in the banqueting areas, natural daylighting pockets in the meeting and boarding rooms, low-flow fixtures in bathrooms, the use of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood, and a water usage standard 33% lower than the LEED Platinum baseline are just a few of the initiatives the hotel has taken towards achieving their platinum rating.
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