The Indravan Hotel, New Delhi
Design Statement: “We call it “The Art of Seeing”—Looking at the same things in a different way, re-contextualising the mundane into something exciting and unique. “
“Keeping in mind the historic and cultural significance of the location we have tried to create an artistic interpretation of the story of India from 2500 BC until today. To bring this concept to life, we worked with many craftsmen and artisans specialising in various crafts and materials, coming from nearby towns like Panipat, Moradabad, Ghaziabad, Meerut etc. It also highlighted our concept of Delhi as a microcosm of India.”
The Indravan hotel is part of the IGNCA complex in the heart of New Delhi. It has six functional units-Kala Nidhi, the library; Kala Kosa devoted mainly to the study and publication of fundamental texts in Indian languages; Janapada Sampada, engaged in lifestyle studies; Kala Darsana, the executive unit which transforms research studies into visible form through exhibitions; Cultural lab, which applies technology tools for cultural preservation and Sutradhara the administrative section.
“We believe that no two spaces can be same and the objects within it are like dots—which, when joined, can create a unique picture for that concept.”
Sahil and Sarthak designed the Logo for Indravan based on the common thread of monsoon that attracted various civilisations to the Indian sub-continent. From this, they defined the elements, which constitute the story of India.
The elephant-Eravat, is a mythological figure, which is the vehicle for the King of Gods-Indra. This story is also used in a Panchatantra form in the Golden Age room. The thunderbolt is used, as it is the weapon of Indra. The grains in the logo symbolise the agrarian Harappan culture while the Lotus symbolises the philosophies of Buddhism and Jainism. The geometric pattern is the symbol of Mughal architecture. The idea was to create a traditional indian interior inspired by our heritage.
The story for Indravan was based on the Indian civilizations divided into six segments and in each segment; key aspects were identified and incorporated in the design, thereby contextualizing history in today’s context from an ethnic Indian interior design perspective.
The executive rooms focused on the Indus valley civilization and the Bronze Age. The garden areas and spa were given form using Buddhism and Jainism as spiritual influences(Lotus garden seating). The business areas were designed around influences of the spice and silk routes with exchange, trade, and coins being the core.
The lobby and café centered on monsoon as a common thread. The façade remains a dedication to the Lutyens Delhi reminiscent of the British Raj.
In India, Sahil & Sarthak have held two exhibitions. The first one was at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi in late 2010 for the Convergence of Art and Fashion show curated by Sushma Bahl and Vidyun Singh. Early this year, they exhibited at the Designxdesign organised by Alliance Française in New Delhi.
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