The Park Hotel, Hyderabad

© Pallon Daruwala

ArchitectSkidmore, Owings and Merill LLP
Completion Year: 2010
Project Area: 531,550 sq. ft.
Building Height: 30 m
As seen onEvolo.usSOM

Hyderabad is known as the city of gems and jewels, there are endless lanes of jewelry bazaar and gem stores. Hyderabad, which was ruled over by several family dynasties, is not new to legends of treasures.

When Skidmore, Owings and Merill LLP (SOM) were approached to design the hotel, they decided to keep the gems and jewel theme for the hotel. The white skin of the hotel representing fabrics with tears and perforations which is almost like a embroidery of gems on the fabric. The perforations allow light to pass through and looks like blue sapphires.

© Bharath Ramamrutham

The facade provides a range of transparency according to the needs of the spaces inside. Perforated and embossed metal screens over a high-performance glazing system give privacy to the hotel rooms while allowing diffused daylight to enter the interior spaces and provides acoustic insulation from trains passing nearby.

© Robert Polidori

The night view of the Park, makes it seem like a jewel shimmering by the Hussain Sagar Lake, while the daylight view reveals a modern, chique and elegant building.

© Pallon Daruwala

Extended study had been done on the views of the building in both daylight and night. According to Evolo.us, the hotels were raised to allow more views and banquet hall, art gallery and retail space was put on the top floor to ensure best view. The is are spaces within the building which increase circulation and reduce heat gain.

© Pallon Daruwala

Among the list of other features in the building is the ECO-friendly initiatives, for which the building was awarded a LEED Gold Certification. The building design reduces the energy use by almost 20% and there is a sewage treatment built in which can release clean water back into the sewer system.

© Robert Polidori

The building’s three sides wrap around an elevated central courtyard that can be accessed from the hotel lobby. This flexible outdoor area is protected from strong winds and serves as an extension of the restaurants inside. It features a private dining court and a swimming pool.

© Pallon Daruwala

© Pallon Daruwala

© Robert Polidori

© Pallon Daruwala

© Robert Polidori

© Robert Polidori

© Pallon Daruwala

The interiors were also designed by SOM and they continued the theme of local gems and jewelry with the building. The interiors were done with collaboration of local artists and with exquisite materials.

Priya Paul, Chairperson of Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels which owns The Park brand, describes The Park, Hyderabad as “a Modern Indian Palace, something refreshing and different that speaks to the aspirations of India today.”

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