In the course of generating ideas for a new hospitality district at Taj Lands End in Bandra, Mumbai, we developed two options for the Indian Hotels Company. The Gold Option, that is a modern interpretation of the Mughal Arch set on axis with the new Bandra Sea Link Bridge, and the Silver Option, where the architecture of the tower is taken from the traditional Indian greeting of ‘Namaste’ where hands are placed together in a heartfelt gesture of hospitality and welcome. Both options were part of a design competition entry which did not materialise.
The 110 metre high Gold Option is a 400 room hotel with serviced apartments, a convention centre/banquet facility, and boutique retail outlets. Horizontal and vertical mushrabiya screens of yellow Jaisalmer sandstone give a golden tinge to the building and ensure solar gain is kept to a minimum.
Client: Indian Hotels Company Ltd
Location: Mumbai, India
Type: Hotel and Retail
GFA: 84,870 m²
Status: Not Realised
Designed by Wright, Khennouchi and Kuruvilla whilst working at Atkins