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The Park Hotel, Hyderabad, India

Tuesday 19 Apr 2011

An Indian jewel

© Pallon Daruwala 
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SOM combine sustainable and modern design with influences from the crown jewels of Nizam 

The Park Hotel Hyderbad is the flagship hotel for The Park Hotel Group. This 355,000-square foot, 270-room hotel infuses modern, sustainable design with local craft traditions, and is influenced by the region's reputation as a centre for the design and production of gemstones and textiles.

The project is distinctive for its profound implementation of sustainable design strategies, with special attention paid to the building's relationship to its site, daylighting, and views. Solar studies influenced the site orientation and building massing, with program spaces concentrated in the north and south facades, and service circulation on the west to reduce heat gain. The project is the first LEED Gold-Certified hotel in India.

The building's three sides wrap around a central courtyard that can be accessed from the hotel lobby and surrounding bar and restaurants. This multifunctional outdoor area is protected from strong winds, and serves as an extension of the restaurants inside. The infinity pool can be seen from the adjacent areas and from the nightclub below, with moving patterns formed by light passing through the pool's water. The veranda is elevated three stories above ground on top of a podium comprised of retail spaces, art galleries, and banquet halls open to guests and visitors.

Guest rooms are raised to allow more expansive views of Hussain Sagar Lake and the city. The facade provides a range of transparency according to the needs of the spaces inside. Perforated and embossed metal screens over a high-performance glazing system give privacy to the hotel rooms while allowing diffused daylight to enter the interior spaces. The opaque areas of the cladding shield the hotel's service areas from public view. The shape of the facade's openings, as well as the three-dimensional patterns on the screens themselves, were inspired by the forms of the metalwork of the crown jewels of the Nizam, the city's historic ruling dynasty.

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