by Amit Gaurav
The restaurant is located in Udaipur city. The first step in the design process was to produce an optimal layout and to rethink the aesthetic and architectural identity of a space which is Self- Sustainable and an energy conscious design.
The project was addressed through suitable passive and technological design approach with various design strategies using the traditional vernacular methodology thus design evolved has built around its architecture emerging it with the climatic conditions thus giving Courtyard Effect to the restaurant. Furthermore, the decision to clear the longitudinal axis of the site allowed for natural cross-ventilation with the courtyard. For the roof MS shed is installed with the Mangalore Tiles for the heat resistant. In the corridor translucent sheets have been used for optimization of natural light during day. Thus, with the sufficient openings, and light intake provision we have minimize the use of artificial lights and cut down the electricity cost. Exposed brick with white paint was preferred for overall building layout. The entire restaurant has an open and airy appeal, and one can easily see a seamless amalgamation of different design styles as we move from one space to the next.
Aside from the task of preserving and resource optimization the concept of 3R’s is carry forward with the idea of using the refurbished materials and revising the identity of an architectural standard that would serve for replication in further recyclable and reusable things and materials that can be easily uninstalled and use at other required spaces. For instances, the wash basin counter meant more of its adopted concept as the part of dismantled ship was used as a sink counter. Other than this the doors, paintings in the premises, also the maximum furniture for bar counter, casual dining have been reused from a ship. Thus the ideology helped deliver maximum value and impact to the project for its intended capital cost which came out as INR 11 Lacs and thus this project extended itself into operational life cycle with no resource mismanagement.
The project exemplify socio- cultural sensitivity, which leads to a unique response that embodies the Rustic theme opted as a concept for planning the interiors. This alternative configuration allowed for a wide areas that revealed the sequence of few different zones such as the dining area, waiting, a small library, courtyard, casual dining & a friend’s corner. This move yielded a direct, obvious operational advantage for providing a bar counter which has window opening towards courtyard which is incorporated with a ‘Red Frangipani’ grown in the Centre and a platform built around it where the local traditional musicians can sit and play the ‘Sarangi’ vocal instrument, all of these added to ‘Design for Senses’ where all the five senses rejuvenated and got alert. To add an aesthetical appearance in the elevation with the help of a series of false windows on the façade of the building.