In India’s capital city New Delhi, stands Roseate house. A testament to personal and collaborative ambition epitomised by a holistic narrative which defines a memorable contemporary urban chic hotel experience.

Roseate House New Delhi is a celebration of upscale modernity, representing a new generation of hotel design in India, whose steadily rising economy has seen it become one of the leading developing nations in the world. The hotel is located in the Aero City district between the New Delhi’s Central Business Distinct, Indira Gandhi International Airport and the neighbouring City of Gurgaon. Opened in September 2016 the hotel is fondly referred to as ‘uber-chic’ by domestic and international travellers alike. Stylized as an urban retreat, the hotel encompasses a dynamic contemporary avant-garde approach appealing to the worldly business traveller with a wide range of facilities from meeting and event spaces, to recreational facilities which offer a sense of calm in one of the world’s most populated cities.

PIA took a holistic approach to the project from the outset, building up a rapport with an ambitious Owner who set his sights on achieving a contemporary masterpiece. The structure was already progressing on site, and PIA worked closely with the Owner as well as PAA, also from Bangkok to curate the property, thus ensuring a seamless transition between Architectural, Landscape and Interior elements. Attention to detail was paramount, and the design process was meticulous
and carefully addressed. The process took several years to complete, and this was a testament to the Owner’s commitment to achieving perfection. The design team frequently visited Delhi to manage the design of the project where adaptations were manifold but noteworthy. It was clear to all concerned that the project would not open until it lived up to its expectation and then some. The result of which is there for all to see.

The Owner took a keen interest in the selection of furniture and PIA collaborated with Molteni&C from Italy to select a contemporary range of signature pieces for the project. Added to the mix were the Interior Contractors, Garnet, from Mumbai, an experienced team who produced arguably some of best interior finishing seen in India to date.

The design direction called for a modern, contemporary look, illustrated through clean lines and luxurious materials.  The entry to the Lobby is marked by a large cantilevered Porte Cochere, which blends with the modern lines of the Architecture.  This structure is lit from below and gives a soothing glow to entering guests on arrival. Upon entering the lobby, one is struck by the sight and sound of falling water, with steps formally leading the guest upwards between the black stone Courtyard, reminiscent of a scene from Moses parting the Red Sea.

The immediate Lobby is a single height space adorned with a reflective barrisol, which ceremoniously opens up into the delightful double height space of the Main Lobby. The Lobby is anchored by a full height glass wall which looks onto an external courtyard allowing the ever-changing hues of natural light to flood the Lobby space throughout the day.  The floor of the hotel is layered in a dark marble sourced from Italy named Tobacco Brown, and this stone extends into all of the public areas in the property. The Lobby walls are decorated with gold leaf in a dark tint, creating a harmonious balance between the naturally veined marble and the vertically crafted surfaces.

The Courtyard is the highlight of the hotel, becoming the pivotal node in which circulation routes and guest rooms look out onto. The square court on the lower floor overlooks two of the property’s Restaurants, the All Day Dining and the Specialty Indian Restaurant. Both of which offer the perfect stage for alfresco style seating nestled within the quiet solemnity of the Court’s water bodies and soft landscaping. The water bodies in the sunken square Courtyard act like an oasis providing a soothing ambience throughout the hot summer months. The Courtyard incorporates discreet air conditioned ducts which ingeniously provide a cool breeze and enclosed microclimate.

The 216 Guest rooms are conceived from a unique perspective as small apartments, open plan in layout and offering innate functionality. Individualised spaces such as the walk-in closet and bathtubs separated from the shower cubicle are defined as feature statement pieces and are thoughtfully composed. The design is clean and clear with intuitive accents in the form of contemporised jali to mark the occasion and provide a hint of suggestion that you are in India. The rooms which are modest in size are carefully designed to enhance the function and provide a feeling of spaciousness. There are two main types of standard guest rooms one darker and one lighter in tone, each follows a similar set of themes but are varied in terms of material selection. This allows visitors to pick and choose as is their preference when staying at the hotel.

The 15 hotel suites are an elaboration of the standard rooms offering a sense of functionally elegant and well-appointed luxury. Each has a different flavour and are designed in the form of penthouse apartments on the top of the building. Three of these suites are envisaged as elite private suites which can be combined into a 500 square metre luxury Villa.  The suites aim to spoil any traveller who is lucky enough to experience them.

Project: Roseate House, Aero City, New Delhi
Location: New Delhi, India
Design Studio: PIA Interior
Website: piainterior.com

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