Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Park Hyatt Hyderabad in India by John Portman & Associates
September 21st, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: John Portman & Associates
This 5-star super deluxe Park Hyatt hotel features 185 guestrooms and 24 suites, in addition to 42 fully-serviced apartments in Hyderabad, India. This eight story building has a lobby and mezzanine, plus four floors of guest rooms topped by two floors of high-end serviced apartments. A atrium rises through all eight floors.
In addition, the hotel includes a business center/board room, health club/spa, swimming pool, dining and other related amenities. The lobby offers the hotel´s registration area with controlled access to the guest rooms and serviced apartments. A ballroom, meeting rooms and pre-function areas are located off of the lobby. The conference center is located one level below the ballroom.
Hyderabad is a tourist-friendly city with a deep sense of tradition and a rich and vibrant culture. The past and the future co-exist harmoniously in this city, which once housed the former monarchy of the state and now houses Indiaâ€™s modern and trendsetting hi-tech and IT industries.
Clad in natural Madurai granite from southern India, the faÃ§ade is clean and modern with expansive glass doors and windows and an impressive porte-cochere with a shimmering steel mesh ceiling fixture. One element of traditional Indian architecture given a modern interpretation and incorporated into the design is found in the east and west elevation windows. These windows are traditionally divided into three fields â€“ a larger, almost square center and two vertical panels at the sides. In addition, the top of each window is divided into latticed screens or â€œjaaliâ€ to break the sunrays and filter direct sunlight. The effect is not only decorative but also a functional cooling system. The skylights on the top of the building, made of Kalwall, as opposed to glass, provide a similar effect. The Kalwall provides a superior sound barrier, thermal insulation and reduces the amount of UV light that enters the building, offering natural light without the heat.
While traditional functional elements were used, the spiritual doctrines known as â€œVastuâ€ that describe how the laws of nature affect human dwellings were used to determine the directional alignments of the Park Hyatt Hyderabad. Once reserved for temple architecture, Vastu principles are used to ensure the building is harmonized through proper alignment with the flow of energy through a space.
The concept for the interior space was to create a microcosmic oasis that promotes calm, cool relaxation as a stark contrast to the hot, bustling city surrounding the building. The interior is presented as an atrium containing terraced gardens descending inward into a sparkling, reflecting pool at the center â€“ further highlighted by a monumental sculpture that soars two stories high. The pool at the center of the atrium not only produces a calming effect but is also another nod to traditional Indian design. As the building heats up during the day, the air will circulate around the water distributing the evaporation throughout the open space and cooling the air.
The main goal of the Park Hyatt Hyderabad design is to provide a place where guests and residents can stay, enjoy and relax. During the day, guests can appreciate the gardens with the natural light penetrating through the vast skylights. At night, they can delight in the various award-winning restaurants and bar activities around the glistening waters of the reflecting pool.
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