Project: Vivanta by Taj -- Whitefield
Location: Whitefield, Bangalore
Client: The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL)
Principal design architect: WOW Architects | Warner Wong Design
Scope: Architecture, Interiors, Landscape
Collaborator: Spazzio Design Architecture (New Delhi, India), responsible for authority matters, design coordination and management with local consultants and project administration during construction.
Date of completion: January 2009
Area: 19,638 square metres
This video illustrates the massing, elevation and circulation concepts generated from the mobius strip.
The Vivanta by Taj - Whitefield adopts a site-specific landscape strategy that plays on relationships between interior and exterior spaces and embraces Bangalore's culture and climate. Public and private spaces interweave in an endless promenade of spatial experiences with culturally distinctive cinematic qualities that allude to the circling and twisting of traditional Indian dance forms. The resulting seamless experience dissolves the boundaries between the inside and outside of the hotel and encourages casual interactions and exchanges between hotel guests and locals within its public promenade. Symbolically, it expresses the borderless potential for freedom without concern for spatial segmentation based on social and cultural status.
Constraints prescribed by the low height restrictions and the high site coverage in the urban design guidelines were resolved through a 'landscraper' (as opposed to 'skyscraper') concept maximizing every plane. To expand the spatial experience of site coverage of public areas, the site's ground plane was conceptually manipulated into a mobius strip that would constitute the public podium promenade of the hotel. The twists and folds of the strip extend the perception of space. As the landscape is introduced back to the folded ground plane, the podium seemingly dematerialises, blurring the distinction between architecture, interior and landscape. The three-storey room block then extrudes from the ground plane, hovers above and flexes its way around the site, lifting its way mid-air to enclose 200 rooms within its form.