The project brief called for the refurbishment and interiors of a 40-year-old heritage hotel located in Kathmandu, Nepal. Given the traditional character of the building, the restoration had to ensure that the rich heritage quality does not dissipate in the process. The architectural intent behind the refurbishment of the hotel rests on the fusion of the traditional and the contemporary; to amalgamate the existing characteristics of the building with modern elements and reinstate the hotel character.
Nepal is infused with a rich, ancient, refined culture that has embraced diversity and has enabled a unification of artistic and architectural traditions of the old and the new. The design approach for the hotel adheres to a similar thought; the intent mandates a face-lift to the place, but at the same time, construes the native Nepalese motifs and elements of tradition. The intent has also been to unify the many segregated fragments of the hotel, each of which has been designed over the last few decades in a piece-meal manner.
The first stage of the project has been the completion of the All day Dining Restaurant at the Hotel. On entering the hotel, the reception and Port Cochere have been envisaged as illustrative of the physical landscape of Kathmandu, amidst the valley of the Himalayan mountain range. Different textures of colours and stones from these mountains have been incorporated to craft a vibrant setting that blends together with the proximate physical environment of the hotel. It is defined by a traditional tankha painting as a backdrop with a sculpted stone table that creates a contrast with the polished stone floor, further accentuating the grand communal area. The ceiling, in some areas, has been conceptualized with cylindrical mesh lights with altering heights that create a rhythmic pattern with decorative customized light suspensions in copper/brass. The intent has been such, that the ceiling gets reflected in the flooring pattern through the copper inlays. The nativity of Nepal has also been maintained with a creative inception of pottery on the ceiling and on panels in common areas. Inverted pots hung from the ceiling highlight the influence of pottery in Nepal and at the same time offers an artistic infusion of contemporary design in a traditional manner. In a similar fashion, sliced pots have been placed on panels and walls to create an ambience that is visually strong with folklore. All materials used are natural and the details that have been used are specific to the location of the project such as Metal and Wooden Jaalis, Sculptures, Thanka Paintings, and Rice Paper etc. The nature of the project that called for perpetuation of the authenticity of the local area also entailed the planning and implementation of the concept of green interiors.
Morphogenesis is recognized globally as one of the leading Architecture firms from India. Founded in 1996, the firm is based out of New Delhi and is a collective offering specialized services in Architecture, Interior design, master planning , Urban design, Landscape design and Environmental design consultancy. It is an all-inclusive nature of design with a unique focus on passive and low energy architecture that we believe, will define the new emergent Indian architecture.
The practice has been recently featured in BD’s World Architecture Top 100 list (UK) in the list of World’s largest architectural practices. The practice has been the recipient of over 45 international and national awards and accolades for Green Building Design and Environmentally sustainable, green architecture including:
Best Learning Building, World Architecture Festival Awards (Barcelona)
Green Good Design™ Award-The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum (European Union)
FuturArc Green Leadership Award (Singapore)
The Architectural Review Cityscape Awards (Dubai)
Indian Institute of Interior Designers- MK Award (India) and
JIIA (Indian Institute of Architects) Award for excellence in architecture (India) amongst others. The work of the practice has also been extensively published in over 150 national publications such as The Times of India, India Today, The Hindustan Times, Business Standard etc. as well as numerous international publications including some recent publications in Financial Times (UK), The New York times (USA), Wallpaper (UK), Domus (Italy), The Guardian (UK), etc.
Early projects such as the Corporate Office for Apollo Tyres (2000) and The Uttorayon Township- Siliguri (2006) won the studio international acclaim and approbation during the initial years. More recent realized projects including Maker Maxity- Mumbai (2008), Pearl Academy of Fashion- Jaipur (2008), Corporate Office for India Glycols- Noida (2009), Factory and Offices for the DS Group (2011) and Marble Arch Luxury Housing- Chandigarh (2010) and amongst others, have won numerous national and international honors. Current and upcoming projects in progress or on-site include a 50 Acre University for JRE Group of Institutes- Greater Noida, Luxury Residential Villas for Umaid Bhawan Palace Foothills- Jodhpur, a 40 acre Luxury Eco-Resort in the backwaters of Kerala, a master plan for 1000-acre Beachfront Township, Gujarat and a 25 acre Resort for The Lalit Group in Dehradun etc.
The works of Morphogenesis range across varied typologies, climate and scale (from the earliest works to the most recent ones) demonstrating the design philosophy of Morphogenesis, where every project is examined from first principles; consistently dispelling preconceived notions of typology, identity, and imageability. Morphogenesis believes that every project should establish itself as a benchmark for innovative building design while successfully dispelling the myth that Green design entails higher cost. For additional information and complete media package, please contact: morphogenesis.communications N 85B, Panchsheel Park, New Delhi, 110 017, India t +91 11 41828070 e firstname.lastname@example.org | w www.morphogenesis.org
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