Panoramic views

19 Feb 2010

Planet 3 Studios Architecture Pvt. Ltd. designs a hotel with a clever twist

Mumbai firm Planet 3 Studios Architecture Pvt. Ltd. has won an invited competition for the design of the new Panoramic Hotel at Karnala in Mumbai, India. Their dramatic, spiraling design won approval on its ability to maximise views into the lush green surroundings that form a local bird sanctuary.

While local building codes restricted the structure to ground plus one floor, the client requirement of an iconic property that combined the best of a dispersed format resort and a monolithic hotel provided the point of inspiration for this remarkable design.

Radiating from a central core with restaurants, spa, health club, café, a large pool and suites on the upper level, five arms extend into the landscape with out-facing rooms on two floors. Balconies connected with each room have privacy and a unique view of the outdoors. The building skin is engineered in horizontal louvers to moderate harsh tropical sun. At night, some of these louvers will light up in subtle colours, suggesting magical lanterns that float in air.

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