By Marina Correa Photography: Ritesh Ramaiah Photography; courtesy the architect |
With a locally available material palette and a minimum of decorative elements, Japanese-based architectural firm M-style Inc. helmed by Ar. Masafumi Sanada tastefully articulates the interiors of DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at Pune…
The Japanese architect brings his novel Japanese design sensibilities to the project and the design is based on simple Japanese elements interwoven with traditional Indian aesthetics. An elaborate spatial layout based on the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, which is centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection of all things, is applied as the fulcrum around which the rest of the design elements are built. Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, roughness or irregularity, simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes. The philosophy is clearly imbibed through the hotels’ 3 main eateries - 3 Spices, the all-day restaurant; Level12, a roof-top poolside lounge, and the Linear lounge and bar that sizzle with their subtlety and transparent, open décor.
For instance, the rows of racks that hold an assortment of bottles and jars filled with spices, herbs and condiments is definitely the attention-grabbing feature at 3 Spices, while the subdued flooring and wooden louvered partition acts in subtle contrast.
Use of dark soft furnishing, veneers and natural flooring juxtaposed against spot and recessed lighting infuses a warm and cozy atmosphere at Linear Bar that is ideal for savouring single malts.
Likewise, with sweeping views of Pune city and the wide horizon beyond, the view from Level 12 is further accentuated by lots of empty spaces invoking a sense of transience and incompleteness, basking in the hotel’s central design philosophy – “nurture all that is authentic by acknowledging three simple realities: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect.”
Where can one go wrong then? Anything and everything becomes undoubtedly acceptable.
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