Royal Glimpse

Royal Glimpse

H S Pakhar and Kunal Pakhar
H S Pakhar and Kunal Pakhar

The jallies, the columns, arches, domes and intricate nakkashies are the paramount of rajasthani architecture. Interior design firm DESIGNERS have incorporated the whole ideology of the splendid architecture in the interior decoration of Indana Palace Hotel, Jodhpur, the palace city of India. The project in itself is grandeur and regal in it’s manifestation.

Indana Palace Hotel, located in the beautiful city of Rajput kings and queens, Jodhpur, , spreads across 1,23,325.03 sq ft area.  The requirement from the client was a hotel which should depict the identity of the place. The architects conceptualized the design as a place which reflects the Rajasthani architecture practised in the 16th century. The architecture and the design of the hotel can be distinguished by the use of intricate column designs and arches, domes, carvings and jalli work, massive expanses with open courtyards and elemental chattries. The basic idea was to reflect the essence of Marwar in the architecture of the building and create an astonishing structure thus making it look like a heritage hotel. The hotel embarks radical conceptualised ideas of the architect to create a heritage entity. The concept runs around the heritage lines bringing back the lush and lavish living eras of the Marwar.

The challenge before the architects were many like to retro-fit a heritage piece of art in the scenario without hampering the urban fabric, to create an iconic statement and a focal point that people can relate to and are familiar with – giving a space of sense, thus feeding the people’s interest in past, to create a simple sustainable environment with the use of eco-friendly ideas since the city experiences extreme temperatures throughout  the year.

Since the building project was massive care was taken that the guests wouldn’t get  frustrated crossing from end to end. Thus passages were designed to ease discomfort, lower level passages were designed alongside the internal courtyard which keeps the mind engaged with beauty of the building and the landscape. The upper level passages are very wisely designed in such a manner they keep the guest occupied once with the outer building views and the next instance with the internal courtyard view. At very specific points or places there are sit-outs chalked out with some transitional points of the passages, some facing internal courtyard and some embracing the subtle outside view.

The distinctive aspects of Rajasthani architecture are the ideal designs like the massive entry porch with a huge dome, giving a feeling of nobility. The intricate designs of the jallies, the carved chajjas, and intricately carved bracket details brought a subtlety to the entire design. The massively carved and designed dome creates its own sense of power and stability. The intricate carved jharokhas  adds that regal touch to the building, it houses the sit-out areas and the window openings. The elemental arches enhances the beauty of the openings on the building. The chattries of the rajasthani architecture were basic design elements to bring a stability to the aesthetics of the building, this one element made the structure look more exquisite and lavishly balanced.

The interiors have a mixed use of materials like – Green Baroda marble, Green Marble, White Marble, Yellow Jaisalmer and Italian Marble – Travantino, Bottocinno, Lavante and Red Eleganta. Wooden flooring and carpets are also used alongside at some places in combination of the other marbles or tiles. Even Vitrified and composite tiles are used to enhance the finishes alongside. Teak wood is used for wood work and decorative mouldings. Art and crafts of the region dot the rooms, while paintings done by a Jaipur based artist adorn the walls. These paintings depict the lifestyle of the royals of 16th century, along with the collections of paintings of vintage automobiles and aircrafts. Traditional phad painting is also extensively used. These paintings are done with natural dyes on cotton looms. For the artefacts artisans were employed and large works of arts were commissioned. Extensive use of tikri glass and mirror mosaic along with stained glass work is also seen in the hotel premises.

In the Regal Chambers the guest rooms flaunt traditional Rajasthani design elements and aesthetics, even as they come equipped with modern amenities and facilities, making the accommodation a perfect mix of heritage and modern luxury. Four poster beds, free standing bathtubs, gold polished bath ware, rich drapes and tapestry and period-looking furniture gave the rooms opulence associated with royalty.

To ensure maximum comfort and suppress the noise that comes from take-off and landing of aircrafts at the airport nearby, the architects have used double layered glass windows and double layered insulated walls that not just keep the sound but also help maintain balanced temperature within the rooms.

Due to hotel’s proximity to the airport the lighting was designed as down-lighters. Lighting is used to highlight the interior jharokhas and to illuminate the columns and domes giving it a mild radiance. To achieve these effects and to decrease the usage of electricity LED fittings are used. The light effects are a mix bag of white and yellow lights.

Sustainability and cultural heritage of the place as an essence of the architecture and design can be seen in every minute details of this monumental design.

Fact File
project Indana Palace Hotel
location Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
client Gundecha Builders – Waves Hotels & Estates Pvt. Ltd
designer DESIGNERS- Ar. H S Pakhar & Ar. Kunal Pakhar
commencement date February 2010
completion date March 2012
cost of project INR 60 Crores


About the Architects

Ar. H S Pakhar is the Principal Architect & Managing Director and Kunal Pakhar is the Director Design Architect of the design firm DESIGNERS, founded in the year 1985. The 28 year old company, under H S Pakhar’s leadership and steadfast ideals, has completed innumerable projects and the company has specialized and designed specially Hotels, Resorts and Commercial Complexes. He expertises in Eco-tourism infrastructure, Eco-friendly concepts, development and elaboration of standards & specification, vernacular – ethnic design concepts.
Ar. Kunal Pakhar joined hands with his father in DESIGNERS in 2012, giving the company a new direction and vision with his new ideals with the modern changing world of architecture and real estate. He had won award for Ecological Hotel (Ecotel) Design in 2009. He specializes in green Building Designing, Parametric Architecture, Architectural Designing, Interior Designing and Landscaping.