Bobby Mukherjee and Associates make contemporary design come alive in the vibrant, culture-rich city of Jaipur with their design for Jaipur Mariott.
Jaipur is the very epitome of vibrant and colourful living traditions. A step into the pink city and one is surrounded by heritage structures, all vying for attention. One has an immense choice of hotels, ranging from the palace hotels to modern structures that are built to resemble palaces. While that is an experience unmatched, what about the global traveller who loves to indulge in local crafts and architectural features alongside the comfort of contemporary design? For such a traveller, Bobby Mukherjee designed Mariott Jaipur, a paradise setting that breaks away from the clutter of heritage hotels in the city, yet has a local whiff despite its overt contemporary treatment. In the words of the designer – “The hotel is a perfect blend of contemporary and local without being heritage in its look and yet incorporating touches of local crafts and design.”
Following Marriott’s design philosophy of contemporary design, the Jaipur Marriott stays true to its roots by fusing contemporary aesthetics with local elements of design like intricate murals, ethnic lattice work and the stone carved elephants. The lush, airy interiors are highlighted with the leather and wood combination on the ceilings while interesting light fixtures harmonise with the overall ambience and complete the look. The outdoor and indoor spaces are fused beautifully and water features dot the property adding elegance and a positive air to the space.
The hotel lobby welcomes guests with shiny reflective surfaces and an inviting ambience that is achieved with warm lighting and the sound of water from the cascading water bodies. With most of the food and beverage areas located at lobby level, it was a challenge to differentiate one space from another without actually segregating the spaces. Mukherjee has achieved this by giving a unique treatment to each area, with a different backdrop, different view and individual concept.
Okra, the hotel’s coffee shop located near the lobby, showcases the origin of various cusines with racks lined up with whole Indian spices, pots of lemongrass and basil that lend a perfect backdrop to the pasta counter. What catches one’s attention in this restaurant is the wood fired pizza oven and the fine marble-clad counters, in addition to the appealingly innovative open placement and displays. Vibrant earthy tones, marble flooring and elongated lamps dropping from the ceiling accentuate the ambience. Focal lighting with highlights on key elements creates a well lit yet cosy ambience.
At Saffron, the Indian restaurant located in the basement, rustic interiors with a curved ceiling and candle lit ambience provide an elegant touch while the corridor towards the restaurant is adorned with frames of Rajasthani bandhej cloth, antique artifacts and even a two seater antique swing to reminiscence the royal era. The design of Lounge 18, also at the lobby level, is marked by plush leather sofas and bar stool seating complemented by the curved shades on the ceiling and the elegant side table lamps that wash the space in warm soothing colour tones as the evening progresses.
JBC – the bakery deli shop – is an adaption of the classic bakery shop with vibrant displays and contemporary artwork. The golden bell-shaped lamps here lend the space an English bakery-like feel.
Banquets and balls
The hotel offers 43,000 sq ft of different meeting spaces, each with the flexibility to host small and large groups and well equipped to host multiple functions. The huge spaces are adorned with grand chandeliers, natural light, high ceilings, impressive wall art, wall murals and plush carpets. There are separate entrances to provide ease of access, and big doors to allow easy movement for setting up equipment and props for theme events and conferences. The Jade gardens are also lush and can be used as entertaining spaces. The 365 well-appointed rooms are spacious, with woody tones and contemporary artwork.
Beautifully blending contemporary and local design elements, the Jaipur Marriott is an example of true contemporary design with its neutral colour tones, ample natural light and soothing spaces.
Architects: Arcorp Associates
Interior designers: Bobby Mukherjee and Zoran Djunick
Jaipur Marriott, Near Jawahar Circle, Ashram Marg, Jaipur 302 015. Tel: 141-4567777; 141-4567887
Bobby Mukherjee & Associates, BMA House, Opposite MIG Cricket Club, Ramakrishna Paramhans Road, Next to Saibaba Temple, Gandhi Nagar, Bandra (East), Mumbai 400 051. Tel: 022-2642 5478.
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