Design odyssey

October, 2013


A confluence of innovative designers and interesting materials brings alive the perfect ambience for Hilton Garden Inn Gurgaon. Gurgaon, one of IndiaG«'s fastest growing cities, has emerged as a favoured base for many MNCs and is also a prominent outsourcing and offshoring hub. Given its proximity to the Delhi airport, it is a flourishing zone for hotels. Now, there is a new hotel in Sector 50 of Gurgaon G«' The Hilton Garden Inn Gurgaon Baani Square G«' that aims to stand out from the crowd with its reposeful d+¨cor and international brand name. A brainchild of Virendra Bhatia, President, Baani Group, the hotel aims to draw high-end business travellers as its clientele. Bhatia says, G«£Our vision was to create a contemporary, upscale hotel that offers the warmth of a home.

Keeping this brief in mind, a host of Delhi-based architects and designers were hired to materialise this vision into reality. The initial concept for the hotel was presented by well-known architect Rasik Bahl; the execution was done by MAAS Architects, while the interiors were done by Architects Bureau. The task of landscape design was handed over to SJA Consultants. while Spazzio, now known as DesignPlus Architecture (DPA), did the space planning. Sonali Bhagwati, President of DPA says, There was a lot of conflict between the Baani Group's requirements and Hilton Hotel's template Garden Inn design. So we settled the issue by incorporating both the parties' needs in our design.

Continuity in design
The lobby creates the first and most lasting impression of the hotel. As one enters, one walks on the finest Italian marble with unique ledger patterns. The reception is clad in layers of solid Italian Travertino marble engraved with contemporary patterns, while the brown mirror adds to its sheen. The feature walls have an exciting mix of hardwood and metallic foiling. The plastered ceiling with carefully designed coves enhances the lighting of the space.

Design elements from the lobby continue into the guest rooms and function areas. The calm, noise-free environment has been achieved through wood-clad walls with imported fabric and acoustic lining. The ceiling in the rooms also has distinct patterns and wooden coves to create interest through innovative cove and spot lighting. In the furnishing details, ergonomic factors are considered while designing the lounges or chairs. The design of each guestroom lives up to what a highflyer would expect in terms of aesthetics and comfort.

Delectable detailing
The hotel boasts of a sleek coffee lounge, a world-cuisine restaurant, a fashion bar and a garden bistro, each unique in ambience and theme.

In Caf Lait, the open plan layout with glass on one side ensures uninhibited views of the landscaped courtyard outside. The wire-brush finish natural hardwood flooring, imported from Europe, is covered with exquisite rugs that create the perfect ambience for a hot cuppa.

Glasshouse, a world cuisine restaurant, has oodles of natural light and offers a panoramic view through the glass on two sides. Hand blown glass artefacts from Murano grace the walls. The restaurant is predominantly painted white with vibrant red hues on pillars. The feature wall has Italian marble clad in a modern ledger pattern which helps create a three-dimensional effect. The live station at the restaurant is a floating island made of stone and wood. The UV hoods are clad in black, high-gloss lacquered panels and a wooden ledge. Pose, the fashion bar, is a dimly lit, relaxed bar and lounge. It has an interesting thermo-heated stained oak wood and black slate flooring. It also has an MDF ceiling with black high gloss lacquered panels above the bar. Though three sides of the wall are covered in glass, the feature wall displays a black mirror. Some parts of the wall are covered in imported designer wallpaper with an antique metal finish.

The Garden Bistro, aptly named G« My KornerG« is an open space with a water feature and a beautiful sculpture. The Ipe wooden slats add to the beauty of the d'cor while one wall has stucco finished paint to create a rustic feel. The large faux deer horn chandeliers underneath the ceiling add the finishing touch.

Be it for its design or for its relaxed ambience, Hilton Garden Inn Gurgaon promises to be an absolute treat for all business travellers heading north.

Total Area: 200,000 sq ft
Cost:Rs.55-60 lakh/key
MAAS Architects,
Tel: 011-4182 9970 Rasik Bahl,
Tel: 011-4057 3213 Architects Bureau,
Tel: 011-2614 2669 Designplus Architecture,
Tel: 011-5161 3854 SJA Consultants,
Tel: 011-2981 0635
Hilton Garden Inn Gurgaon,
Sector 50, Gurgaon-122 002.
Tel: 0124-4420 000