Ambrish AroraThe Pathbreakers
Ambrish Arora founded his interior practice in 2002 along with Sidhartha Talwar and Ankur Choksi. The talented CEO is a member of the CII National Committee on Design and on the executive board of the Jawahar Kala Kendra that is currently working on co-founding a new School of Design. From boat design to spatial design, New Delhi-based Studio Lotus has worked on multiple design endeavors with a team of sixty people, across the retail, hospitality and residential sectors all over India. Grounded in the principle of conscious design, the inclusive design process draws influences from the local and cultural contexts. Some of the firm’s most reputed work includes the internationally-acclaimed hotel RAAS Jodhpur, Hard Rock Cafe in Delhi, retail stores like Good Earth, Rohit Bal, amongst others. Some of the remarkable new projects underway include a senior living facility Antara for the Max group in Dehradun, a boutique hotel in Lavasa, a boutique hotel near Dharamshala and an institutional building for the Government of Odisha in Bhubaneshwar. One of the seven Architects & Interior Designers to watch out for according to Forbes, the firm’s other accolades include, being the World Architecture Festival Barcelona 2011 - Category Winner; Design for Asia Awards Grand Jury Prize Winner 2012; and the Architizer A+ Awards Category Winner 2017 amongst many others.
The institutional project of Krishna Bhawan in Odisha is spread across 80,000 sq ft. The project uses local craft and integrates it into a contemporary institution. The passive cooled structure has also used local materials along with fine design sense to create an eco-friendly structure. The traditional Ikat inspired expression of the brick-louvered façade maintains the dual functionality of identity and solar shading. Besides rainwater harvesting, a special bio-digestive solid waste management anaerobic system is also being developed where waste will be regenerated as compost.
Invited by the royal family itself, the studio was to redevelop the 14,000 sq ft palace café - Baradari at City Palace, Jaipur. Looking through a fresh lens keeping in mind adaption and conservation, the café is a perfect example of design adding value to the place. A pavilion in the form of a Baradari - which literally means pavilion with 12 columns - was inserted in the form of a bar into the courtyard to divide, yet connect, the two zones flanking it. Between preserving and reinterpreting, it recreates historic design with fine artistic skills.