The architects spent two years researching the urban and architectural characteristics of Chandni Chowk, one of the oldest and busiest markets in Old Delhi, Indiawhere the building is located. They formed a large team of workers who had a deep understanding of traditional architecture. Some of the traditional elements were replicated, while others were translated into modern architectural language.
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The original courtyard building was built during late Mughal and colonial periods, and adorned with floral patterns, sculptures and fluted modulations. The opencourtyardhas an octagonal floor pattern with a water fountainat its center. To ensure structural integrity, the architects introduced additional columns, repaired slabs and changed the materials for cost efficiency and durability.
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