Partner in charge: Rajiv
Team: Radha, Anuja
Client: Walled City Hotels Pvt. Ltd.
Year of completion: 2010
Area: 60,000 sft.
Contractor: Hariram / Ankush
Civil: B L Manjunath & Co.
Collaborators: Lotus Design Services
Landscape: Akshay Kaul
Photography: Andrei J Fanthome
Set in the heart of the walled city of Jodhpur, Rajasthan, RAAS is a 1.5-acre property uniquely located at the base of the Mehrangarh Fort. The brief was to create a luxury boutique hotel with 39 rooms in the context of the Old city quarter of Jodhpur. This has been translated into a project where there is a dialogue between the old and the new. Luxury was about being authentic both in terms materials and workmanship, and in providing visitors a tactile and sensual experience within the historical context of the old city of Jodhpur without aping the old.
The property was inherited with three, beautiful period structures (17th-18th centuries) which have been painstakingly restored with traditional craftsman in the original materials such as lime mortar and Jodhpur sandstone.