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The Umrao A Boutique Hotel by Rajiv & Sabeena Khanna of Studio K.I.A

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The Umrao A Boutique Hotel by Rajiv & Sabeena Khanna of Studio K.I.A

‘The Umrao’  is a boutique hotel & resort located in Delhi on NH-8 in close proximity to the IGI International Airport, designed to cater to the discerning business traveller. Sitting regally yet lightly on 10-acre manicured greens, the boutique hotel is a brand to reckon with.
Standing testimony to time, the architectural character adopted is in sync with its name yet contemporary in its offerings. The word UMRAO denotes the life and luxury of kings and ‘The Umrao’ successfully captures the monumental scale and luxury of the past in a modernistic setup. At “The Umrao”, the Architect syncs heritage with the present.

The Umrao A Boutique Hotel by Rajiv & Sabeena Khanna
The Umrao A Boutique Hotel by Rajiv & Sabeena Khanna

Design and Structure:
Transforming modern geometry into an exotic creation, ”The Umrao” makes for one of the most uniquely designed boutique hotels Delhi has ever seen. Minimalist, straight line character, purity of form and subtle colours gives this Boutique hotel a unique charm. The idea was to establish a hotel that combines the exclusivity expected by the guests in regards to luxury which is visually pleasing and functionally upscale.  The architect pays tribute to the resplendence of India’s culture with a project like “The Umrao” in the contrasting urban fabric of New Delhi.

The design elements were conceived in such great detail and converted to the actuality so that the reality bespeaks the vision envisaged. Blending contemporary design and timeless architecture, the hotel creates an intimate welcoming feeling like none other. Having a strong indoor-outdoor connect; this boutique hotel has an imposing entrance.

Resting stately amidst lush green lawns, an imposing palm lined vista takes the visitor to the transitional court having a focal obelisk from where the guest experience begins to unfold. It combines classical architectural exterior design with contemporary warm interiors. The stunning exteriors with intricate décor envelop guests in a royal mystique.  An independent banquet hall approach separates the hotel guest from the banquet visitor. Manicured banquet lawns and state-of-the-art landscaping, swimming pool with deck and water features add the natural element to the built mass.

An impressive entrance foyer depicting awe and grandeur is topped with a central imposing dome creates an interesting play of light and shade in the interiors. A grand welcoming Reception and a Piano Lounge pampers the guest on arrival. Multi-speciality restaurant, Thyme, offers a sumptuous palette to the visitor. A total of 60 well-appointed guest rooms have suites, double rooms, twin rooms and rooms with private outdoor Jacuzzis and are a treat for the business traveller. Fine dining restaurant, coffee shop, tea lounge, banquet hall with spillover lawns and a beautifully landscaped pool with deck & change rooms enhance the guest experience. The fine-dining restaurant overlooks the pool and outdoor deck. The large central Atrium serves as a Breakfast Lounge and opens up onto the poolside.

GROUND FLOOR: Grand lobby, restaurant, banquets, piano lounge, breakfast lounge, gym and 28 well-appointed guest rooms with outdoor Jacuzzis. FIRST FLOOR: Grand double height atrium, lift lobby, terrace garden restaurant with the lit up dome, 4 suites and 23 guest rooms, terrace top banquet facility.

RCC post-tensioned (PT) slab construction has been used to achieve large column-free spans for public use spaces in the hotel. Shear walls and conventional RCC with brick infill has been used for the stairwells and rooms.  Patterns of flooring create a sensation of virtual space characterized by the superposition of light, transparency, texture and the luxurious colour blend of tan and gold. Italian flooring in public areas, wooden flooring in guest rooms, carpeting in guest room corridors and banquet hall, Italian marble cladding & flooring in toilets and vestibules have been resorted to.  The play of GRC Jaali creates an informal intricacy of shadows that are both dramatic and engaging. UPVC windows in the exteriors and teak wood joinery in the interiors have been used.

Lighting, Ventilation and Sustainability:
Weaving in with all modern facilities and world-class amenities in the hotel; its ventilation, air-conditioning, acoustics and illumination are taken care of. Rainwater Harvesting has been resorted to owing to the large green expanse to utilize and recharge groundwater ensuring judicious and energy efficient functioning of the hotel. Grass pavers have been used in parking / landscaped areas. A large number of windows are used. The windows are aptly placed to maximize daylighting, reducing the need for artificial lighting. The use of high efficiency, low emissivity glazing allows high levels of daylight whilst reducing heat losses through windows. Smart, energy saving lighting techniques are used in the corridor which is controlled by movement. Keeping the ground coverage low and stressing upon the large expansive greens, the carbon footprint of the built mass has been reduced. All in all at “The Umrao”, relax in leisure where the past engages the future to make a stylish present.

Project Specifications
• Architect or Architecture Firm: Studio K.I.A – Rajiv & Sabeena Khanna
• Office Website
• The completion Year 2013
• Built Area (m2 or sqft). 66,000 sq.ft
• Project Location: Delhi
• Photographer: Studio KIA
• Text credits: Ar. Himani Ahuja

Design Team: Rajiv Khanna, Sabeena Khanna & Rashin Nafisi
Client: Umrao Group of Hotels Pvt. Ltd.

• GRC Jaali: Unistone
• Sanitary Ware: Duravit
• Faucets: Grohe

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