Sanjay Puri Architects use sculpted space to make their unique hotel
Facing a busy arterial road of the city and flanked by commercial buildings on either side with a residential building at the rear, there was only a small plot of land to build a business hotel with a height limitation of 24 m. The hotel is planned in eight levels with public spaces occupying the first three and four floors of rooms above with a rooftop lounge bar on the topmost floor.
Since there is nothing in the surroundings to look out to on the lower levels, the entire space comprising the public areas is punctuated by small 45 cm diameter circular openings allowing natural light in the daytime. The windows are made of frit glass so that the exterior is purposely not seen to offer privacy from the adjacent office buildings.
The room levels are identified by a rectilinear white block, forming a wedge at the front corner of the hotel that have a suite on each level overlooking a school playground beyond the flyover across the road. The building thus relates to its surroundings in terms of its planning and creates a distinct identity albeit the hotels small size.
The Chrome hotel is designed in a way which allows a series of experiences for its guests. This is due to the juxtaposition of angular punctuated volumes that form the building. The sculpted free flowing entrance lobby, the abstract design of the restaurant, the variety of rooms and the fluid shape of the bar demonstrate that each space has been designed to have its own distinct identity.
Each area is a sculpted space which has forms, colours, textures, materials and lighting being brought together in a cohesive way to create its individual look. These spaces make the hotel not just a place to stay in temporarily, but a series of spaces that are explorative in the experiences they evoke.