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Raas Jodhpur, India : Rajasthan Hotel Building

Luxury Boutique Hotel at Mehrangarh Fort – design by The Lotus Praxis Initiative

18 Aug 2011

Raas Jodhpur India

Design: The Lotus Praxis Initiative

RAAS – Hand crafting a story for today

Set in the heart of the walled city of Jodhpur, Rajasthan, RAAS is a 1.5-acre property uniquely located at the base of the Mehrangarh Fort.

The brief was to create a luxury boutique hotel with 39 rooms in the context of the Old city quarter of Jodhpur. This has been translated into a project where there is a dialogue between the old and the new. Luxury was about being authentic both in terms materials and workmanship, and in providing visitors a tactile and sensual experience within the historical context of the old city of Jodhpur without aping the old.

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The property was inherited with three, beautiful period structures (17th-18th century) which have been painstakingly restored with traditional craftsman in the original materials such as lime mortar and Jodhpur sandstone.

39 rooms have been created, spread over 3 contemporary buildings, (using the same materials and skills as the traditional buildings) inserted into the site in a manner that they frame the visual and spatial relationship among the old buildings and the Fort, creating a dialogue between the old and the new.

The story of Raas is created using ordinary, locally available materials. These simple materials were then worked on by a team of craftsmen to hone and transform into something extraordinary. This transformation is what imbibes a sense luxury to the hotel.

Inspired by the age old double skinned structures of the region, (the traditional stone latticed jharokha forms of Rajasthani architecture – which perform multiple functions of passive cooling and offering privacy to the user) these buildings act as lanterns framing the site. The drama of the stone jaali (lattice) is heightened by the fact that these panels can be folded away by each user to reveal uninterrupted views of the fort, or can be closed for privacy and to keep the harsh Jodhpur sun out.

Crafted by over a hundred regional artisans and master-craftsmen, the development – building and interiors – is conceived and executed using the fundamentals of sustainable architecture. 70% of the materials and people used on site have been sourced locally, most within a 30 km radius.

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Every element is handcrafted with a focus on simplicity, and function – beauty being the skill and care of the crafts person that has gone in to creating the piece. Materials include hand cut stone, poured in situ pigmented cement terrazzo on floors, walls and as furniture. Locally crafted furniture and cabinets in sheesham (a local Indian hardwood).

The large central courtyard houses the three restored heritage buildings – Darikhana, Baradari and Haveli. These become nodes, shared spaces such as dining areas, a spa, break away spaces, to be enjoyed by all the guests. These also house 3 heritage suites. The old structures were restored using age old techniques of using lime mortar and solid stone masonry.

The Darikhana restaurant is an al fresco specialty Indian restaurant, created on the terrace one of the 18th century restored buildings. Planned as part tented structure + with an extended terrace, it has spectacular views of the fort and the Hotel property. Floors are cast in traditional hand made cement terrazzo tiles reinterpreting traditional patterns. The folded wall of traditional lime plaster and bronze mirror gives guests broken glimpses of details – juxtaposing the hotel with the Fort.

The rooms are laid out in a very unusual linear fashion to maximize the no of rooms (and bathrooms) that have a fort view. The bathrooms are 4’6″ wide and 25′ long! The floors, bed and seating are seamlessly cast in hand poured polished terrazzo. The wall separating the room from the bathroom is made of hand dressed 11 ft high slabs of 50 mm thick local sandstone, which also has hand cut diffusers for air conditioning. The headboard was made in hand cut perforated stone that was back lit. The bathrooms are seamlessly poured in pebble finished white terrazzo. All furniture and lamps were custom designed and custom manufactured in Jodhpur.

All the services have been planned with Green methods and technologies.

All the rainwater runoff from the buildings and rest of the site is being harvested through pits that are an integral part of the landscape.
100% of the wastewater generated is reused at site using a Sewage treatment plant.
The fact that Jodhpur is one of the sunniest cities in India has been harnessed and all hot water in guest rooms is solar heated.

The air-conditioning system is Variable Refrigerant Volume based, which is amongst the greenest technologies available currently for air conditioning and enjoys a Platinum LEEDS rating.

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Raas Jodhpur – Building Information

Title: Maison Multi-brand Boutique
Architects: The Lotus Praxis Initiative – Rajiv Majumdar (Praxis Inc.) Ambrish Arora (Lotus Design Services)
Location: Tanwar ji ka Jhalra Makrana Mohalla, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
Completion: Feb 2010

Raas Jodhpur images / information from FD

Location: Tanwar ji ka Jhalra Makrana Mohalla, Jodhpur, India

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