5 Star Luxury Hotel
Noor Mahal, a five star deluxe luxury hotel, is inspired by India’s rich heritage and captures the regal lifestyle created by Indian maharajas over the centuries. The hotel has been designed with intricate details to capture the authentic essence of traditional Mughal and Rajputana styles of architecture. In the mystical land of the Mahabharata, this awe-inspiring Noor Mahal, the incredible Indian palace hotel, has been built on a monumental scale and is an architectural masterpiece that transcends time offering experiences that resound with the memories, luxuries and extravagances of a bygone era that luckily, has not entirely disappeared. The Noor Mahal is a royal luxury set in a breathtaking, eight-acre oasis of beautiful landscaped gardens, filled with exotic flora and fauna. With ample opportunities for meditation and rejuvenation, Noor Mahal is a haven of mystical peace and natural serenity.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
A unique combination of traditional royal essence and modern amenities, the Noor Mahal hotel exudes warmth and comfort for all its guests. Besides the conventional luxuries of a five star hotel, this one-of-its-kind property in the region is the epitome of true luxury, hospitality and service. Stunningly set on eight acres of natural countryside, Noor Mahal boasts 126 well-appointed, luxurious rooms, with 5 unique dining experiences and 7 banquet halls for destination weddings and conferences. The vintage feel delivers a sense of enchantment; the romantic rooms hold a story, an invitation to surrender to love. The decorative gilt mouldings, sculpted marble columns and fine fretwork screens impress upon the visitor this royal dream, that anything the heart desires is possible.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Hospitality is the relationship between guest and host, or the act or practice of being hospitable. Specifically, this includes the reception and entertainment of guests or visitors, and services for travellers and tourists. Our mission was to balance the art and science of architecture and interior design; to pioneer a design solution that would create a hotel property that would reflect each feature in a unique way by creating truly inspiring spaces. The project involved culture fosters, and demanded both aesthetic excellence as well as new standards in technical innovation and building efficiency, including the application of advanced materials, high-performance systems and sustainable design.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project was finished over a span of three years, with Phase 1 (consisting of 65 rooms including construction and interiors) being launched and completed over two years, and Phase 2 completed in another year’s time. The hotel is situated on the old course of the Yamuna River, traversing its way to Delhi’s NH-1. Karnal is a world famous, historical walled city, now a prosperous town named after the legendary hero of the Mahabharata, King Karna.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Architecture, Building and Structure Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Beautifully designed interiors reflect the surrounding style and influences, with white agaria marble flooring and the intricately crafted semi-precious stone inlay work, similar to that of the ‘Taj Mahal’. Traditional techniques have been used to create palatial innovations throughout the property - Mughal arches (of concrete, Dholpur stone and red Agra stone), handcrafted detailing, gold leaf frescos, high-domed ceilings and magnificent crystal chandeliers. The decorative gilt mouldings, sculpted marble columns, and fine fretwork screens reinforce this regal charm.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
The Noor Mahal hotel is a five storey building with a floor plate of 4,650 sq. mts. on each floor. The basement floor has been planned for the entire Services and BOH areas. The lower ground floor comprises the banqueting facilities with three ballrooms, Darbar Hall (20,000 sq. ft.), Sheesh Mahal (10,000 sq. ft.) and Rang Mahal (5,000 sq. ft.). Adjacent to the ballrooms are three well-appointed landscaped party lawns, Rani Bagh (45,000 sq. ft.), Raja Bagh (25,000 sq. ft.) and Ram Bagh (75,000 sq. ft.). Due to this thoughtful insight and planning, Noor Mahal has been voted as one of the best venues for destination weddings in North India. The entrance to the palace hotel is through an imposing lobby, the architecture of which is a synthesis of late Mughal and Rajasthani styles. The hotel has two courtyards laid out along the east-west axis. On the lobby floor, a lotus fountain, special (thikri) glass work and a dome ceiling hand-painted by Rajasthani artisans welcome guests to this grand property.
The specialty Indian Restaurant, Frontier Mail will satiate one’s craving for vintage fare. The decor of the restaurant recreates the nostalgia of elegant train compartments, while the restaurant itself offers a wide range of frontier regional delicacies that were originally served in the first air-conditioned chair car train that ran from Mumbai to Peshawar. Brown Sugar is a multi-cuisine 24-hour coffee shop. The Polo bar has been designed keeping in mind the royal sport of polo played by the Rajputana maharajas in ancient India. Designed in colonial style, the decor is vintage glamour, with wood panelling, brass accents, and a profusion of equestrian-themed art. There is a warmth and rusticity that is very special to the place.
Noor Mahal boasts 126 rooms, including a Presidential Suite (Khwabgah), 11 Suites, 78 Club Rooms and 31 Club Royal Rooms spread over the first and second floors of the hotel building. The rooms are spacious, and are done in both, a rich palatial and modern theme, harmonising authentic style and convenience. Each room is furnished with wood and designer fabric upholstery, a king size bed, a luxurious sofa, armchairs and a wooden writing desk. Bay window seating offers spectacular views of either the inner courtyard or the outer one, with fountains and lush green lawns. Recharge, refresh and indulge in spacious bathrooms of Italian marble (sourced directly from Italy) with the world-class Roca brand of sanitaryware. Bathrooms feature a separate glass-enclosed shower, dual vanity counters, a large free-standing bathtub and a walk-in wardrobe. Khwabgah (the Presidential Suite) is a royal sleeping chamber spread across 2,000 sq. ft. with a private terrace. Two bedrooms, a living and a dining area display magnificent, hand-painted false ceilings, wall jallis, white metal artefacts, thikri mirror work on the walls and custom-made furnishings, including a separate bar counter made from an antique wooden balcony piece. The private terrace is done completely in local multicoloured Indian Rajasthani stonework patterns, with an antique wooden jhoola (swing) with brass inlay and a Dholpur stone water body.
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Noor Mahal being a royal Rajputana architecture design, a lot of research had to be done in order to understand the typical Rajasthani architectural features to be used in the building’s elevation. Styles of Rajasthani architecture include haveli, chhatri, jharokha, stepwell (baoli or bawdi), jalli and baradari.
Between 1830 and 1930, well-heeled Marwaris built gigantic buildings in the Narwar and Shekhawati regions. The mansions were known as havelis. These havelis carry the architecture of the Mughals in their style. The Shekhawati haveli consisted of two courtyards; the outer courtyard meant for men and an inner courtyard for women. Havelis also carry marvellous frescoes on each side with a single main gate. This barrier provides security and calm totally insulated from the external environment.
The Chhatri is an elevated dome-shaped pavilion or porch and is the best illustration of the architecture of Rajasthan. The chhatri stands as a symbol of honour and pride. Chhatris present in Shekhawati are generally simple structures with a single large dome built within the four pillars of a mansion carrying several domes, along with a basement containing various rooms.
Jharokha A jharokha is a kind of suspended or overhanging, enfolded balcony generally characteristic of Rajasthani architecture. The jharokha balcony is basically a stone window which projects from the wall plane and is generally employed to add architectural beauty to mansions and palaces, and also as a sightseeing platform.
Otherwise known as a bawdi, a stepwell is nothing but a pond or well where water can be filled by climbing down flights of steps. Bawdis are quite common in the western part of India, particularly in Gujarat and Rajasthan.
A jalli is usually a perforated or latticed screen of stone. It is used to filter light into indoor spaces and to channel cool air through its openings.
Pleasure pavilions, known as baradaris, have an extremely sophisticated form in Rajput and Mughal complexes. The most important aspect of this kind of space is that it offers a simultaneous experience of the inside and the outside.
Noor Mahal, a five star luxury hotel that we designed in a small town named Karnal in Haryana, has been till date, our biggest design project. Spread over eight acres with 125 rooms, 7 banquet halls, with 3 huge lawns and completely Indian architecture, it was a challenge for us as designers. It was also our first large, 5 star hotel project. The dream of designing a five star hotel had come true within just four years of our young practice, which was quite overwhelming. The clients showed immense faith in us and gave us a free hand at everything. Though we had tight budgets to work on, we completed Phase 1 (including construction of the building and interiors) within the planned two years, and the hotel was opened as scheduled. The success was hard-won but extremely gratifying. As our theme was Rajasthani, we traversed the entire Rajasthan belt to understand the architecture and the locally available materials used in construction. We took inspiration from the Ram Bagh Palace, Uday Villas, Alsisar Haveli, the Taj Lake Palace and the City Palace at Udaipur. The biggest challenge that we encountered was sourcing the right skilled craftsmen to create the different architectural and design features of the project. Since we could not get one particular skilled team to do the entire architectural feature work, we had to source out multiple skilled teams to do different skilled jobs. At any given point of time, there were 300 labourers working on site, doing different artistic jobs, as we had to finish the entire building within the first phase along with the interiors.
TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Amey Kamat / Tushar Joshi
Image #1:Photographer K S Sodhi ,Studio Critical Angles , 2014