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“Glocally” Impressive

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The WAY’s reputation as a trendsetter and visionary is evident in the finer details of the hotel. The stunning result is seen as soon as one walks in through the steel and glass doors of the lobby into a lounge which is luxurious with a stylish mix of colour, pattern, texture and art. A celebration of fine taste for a sophisticated traveller, its 40 elegant, contemporary guest-rooms are inspired by the “contemporary chic”.

With the rooftop restaurant, infinity pool with a deck offering panoramic views, guests experience to be completely immersed in the buzz of the city without leaving the comfort of their chaise lounge. The hotel is also home to Converse cafe, a secluded al fresco outdoor Courtyard cafe, a gym, along with steam and sauna room.

A mix of efficiency and luxury pervades the rest of the hotel, with a deliberate intention for using the best of fittings and fixtures from across the globe, energy saving and efficient lighting and air conditioning systems, best of life safety installations, solid wood floorings combined with Italian marbles and tiles and so forth, all of it to evoke an overall plush and congenial feeling.

“Our challenge was to convert an already under-construction apartment building into a hotel. The main framework of the building was already set and built up to several floors that were not allowed to be demolished as per the brief. The brick work on one floor as per apartment and an attempt of hotel room floor planning on another floor was already tried and done. Shafts were planned as per a 2-3-bedroom apartment. Our task to keep the entire structure elements same as existing was judiciously met with the reworking of the partition blockwork and careful location of the new shafts. New elevator was introduced for a dedicated staff/service movement. Another spectacular feature here, is that each room turned out to be different than the other and yet, are no less stunning, both for its impressive offering of interesting spaces as well as an overwhelming comfort level. The furniture elements were all constant. The facilities and provision and life safety elements were given due importance in each guest-room,” say the architects.

Abandoning conventional hotel interiors, the WAY hotel boldly blends contemporary styling and elegance as a statement yet with comfort-bidding features. Evoking a stark modernist utopia, from the dazzling interiors to the exquisite ambience, The WAY overwhelms the guests’ senses.

A celebration of contemporary art and design, the lobby and public spaces showcase unique manner of arranging spaces within limited sizes yet creating a modern sense of luxury.

The brief

The Client’s brief was interesting and challenging, to convert an underconstruction apartment-use building into an international standard, like any starrated hotel. The main framework of the building was set and built up to several floors which was not allowed to be demolished. Brickwork on one floor as per apartment and an attempt of hotel room floor plan on another floor was tried and done. As per the Client, the designers had to take it forward with the existing structure with a new perspective and approach in designing the hotel.

The limitations while designing considering the location

The architects had the privilege to make the hotel completely plush and luxurious yet have the subtle character to be amidst the bustling society. The only constraint they had to face was the limited space and the overall pocketsize piece of land, where they had to minutely look at the entire planning of the hotel services (major backbone of any well-designed hotel) and achieve the best possible ways to bring about easy-tomaintain and smoothly working facilities.

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