Based on the traditional Indian greeting of ‘namaste’, in which the hands are placed together in a heartfelt gesture of hospitality and welcome.
The central aim of the design of this hotel and office tower was to produce a form that will be instantly recognisable on the local, regional and international architectural stage. The result is a concept based on the traditional Indian greeting of ‘namaste’, in which the hands are placed together in a heartfelt gesture of hospitality and welcome.
The two wings of the hotel reflect the hands, and are finished in decorative designs inspired by the hennaed patterns applied to the hands of honoured guests at Indian celebrations. In this case they enclose a vertical corridor of space, divided by access decks at each level that open into tall vertical atriums at either end and a generous quadruple-height atrium at the summit.
The atriums flood the interiors with natural daylight and provide superb views over the city. At the plant floor levels, they are broken by internal gardens that bring greenery and oxygen into the space.
At ground level the towers are supported by a symmetrical podium that continues the imagery of hands and arms with fountains and cascades providing references to sleeves and clothing. Within the podium are the reception levels and a large ballroom space, along with associated services.
Above the podium is a high-quality W Hotel of 3,804 rooms, 5,500 m2 of retail and commercial space and 9,000 m2 of office accommodation.