Studio Symbiosis has showcased the Ahmedabad Hotel in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. The site area for the development is 6,860 square meters (73,840 square feet); while the built-up area is 24,000 square meters (258,334 square feet).
Construction started in April, with completion eyed in June 2014. The principal architects are Amit Gupta, Britta Knobel Gupta, in collaboration with Vandana Sehgal; with the project team consisting of Dharampal Singh, M. Shaique Uddin, Mayank Ojha, Mariia Nazarenko, Rishi Sapra, Rakesh Mathur, Pancham Pathania, Avishek Das, and Arunima Sen. Also involved are: Apostel Design Studio for MEP; Acecon for the structure; HPG Consultancy for facility management; and Priedemann for facade consulting.
The hotel proposal by Studio Symbiosis is said to focus on "interweaving the concepts of waves in nature." The building comprises of three waves, translated into key spaces on the lower floors and on the upper floors translated into room grids with focus on standardized room sizes. The profile of the building has been designed so it transitions from the horizontal landscape to the vertical building.
The façade is designed as an intricate part of the building, with the entire façade system said to reverberate from the slightest of change in the external skin due to flux in the internal spaces. With the interdependent relationship between the skin and structure of the building, the system is said to be a “very coherent one”.
The entry to the building is marked with a column-less cantilever. On the lower three floors, the proposal consists of reception lobby, shopping area, banquet hall, meeting rooms, restaurants, lounge space and service areas. All these elements make use of “canyon-like formations”.
A spill-out space in the landscape has been provided for the banquet hall. The restaurants are located amid view of the green, with the façade wrapped around the restaurants. A specialty dining is located one floor higher, with more zones of small and bigger private areas.
The roof and the last habitable floor house the spa, gym, saloon and the swimming pool. The swimming pool is located on the terrace with views of the city. Alongside a sky lounge has also been provided here which will help guests relax, unwind and absorb the beauty of the city and the building itself.