PROJECT GENERAL INFORMATION
Name : Taj Hotel Competition Entry
Location : Mumbai, India
Date : 2010
In a single sweeping gesture, the “wave” gathers the multitude of public and private spaces within the new hotel into a seamless composition, immediately iconic against the rectilinear skyline of Mumbai. This graceful arc also echoes the form of multiple bays that make up the city’s western edge, and makes visual reference to the new Sea Link Bridge adjacent to the site.
At the trough of the wave along its western and southern edges is a cascade of terraces and decks, which extend the outdoor event spaces of the hotel into the foreshore area and connect them to the sea’s edge beyond. Within its generous base, lobbies, banquet spaces, restaurants and retail functions surround a rising sky lit atrium. The arc of the wave rises towards the north end of the site, offering the rooms within dramatic city and sea views, and also preserving views from Taj Lands End. At mid-height are hotel guest suites, and above it are articulated private residences with spectacular views and windswept verandahs, that create a distinguished termination point at the crest. Rather than being composed of a set of facades, the hotel is expressed as a refined volume shaped by parallel fins which rise, fall, bend and extend to encompass multiple spatial experiences. From this rhythmic form, entrances are carved, canopies and terraces extended, public spaces revealed, and sea views framed. The arrangement of the fins is responsive to solar direction – fins run vertically along the east and west façades and horizontally along the south façade, protecting the building from direct sunlight. A complementary architectural expression is extended to the eastern side of the project, to swath the existing Taj Lands End hotel and its expansion so that both hotels read together as a single, elegant composition. The materials’ palette extends the expression of inherent luxury – we suggest the use of local stone, polished wood and fabric that are opulent by virtue of natural texture, tone, pattern, and in the manner they reflect or transmit light. By day, the stone-clad forms of the hotels will appear serene, at dusk they will turn opalescent as they capture the colours of the setting sun, and by night they will glow with light within. This design approach reflects the understated elegance of the Taj luxury brand, building upon the site and its inherent potential, and presenting a timeless architectural statement for a landmark project.