|Photo in center: Entrance to the courtyard at Raas Hotel in Jodhpur framing the Mehrangad Fort|
In any case, coming back to the reason for this post, after sorting through a list that included Sri Lanka, Burma and Lakshwadeep, we have decided to travel through Rajasthan at the end of the year. The plan is to start from Jaipur (only place with a direct flight from Goa), then travel to Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Udaipur. Now, since I enjoy being in control (read 'freak'..), I am well on my way with the research and planning for the trip. Apart from the forts, palaces, markets, and museums, I am also very keen to discover the newer contemporary luxury hotel architecture that has cropped up in Rajasthan in the recent past. One that has caught my eye and my imagination is the magnificent Raas Hotel in Jodhpur. Seriously, I can't get enough of this one...Other highlights of course are the Devi Ratn hotel in Jaipur and Rasa tents also a Devi resort in Jaipur.
|Facade of the new main building wrapped with a sandstone screen|
|Existing Site Plan with three original heritage buildings|
|New Site Plan for the Raas Hotel with new buildings added to the heritage compound|
|Photos of the Raas hotel courtyard, where it is difficult to identify the new buildings as they blend perfectly into the historic landscape|
|Detail of openable screens in sandstone|
|Main new building with sandstone screen and modern geometric form|
|Inside the screens, they create dramatic patterns with light that changes during the day|
|Play of light inside the screens|
|Love this room and the juxtaposition of the old historic with contemporary furniture and lighting|
|Bathrooms are separated by thick sandstone slabs, bringing historic element to the otherwise modern space|
|Traditional seating area with contemporary interiors|
|Nothing looks better than flowing white curtains !! Notice the modern Bertoia chairs in the historic courtyard|
|Lovely historic courtyard dotted with contemporary furniture and lighting. Also, love the floors..|
|Designers used mirrors to reflect the surrounding vistas|
|Use of mirrors while they distort the landscape adding drama while being whimsical and arty|
Designed by Lotus Praxis Initiative. Watch architect Ambrish Arora's presentation on the design for Raas.
Link to Raas Hotel Website.
Raas Hotel won the award for Best Holiday Building at the World Architecture Festival 2011.
Most photos courtesy www.designboom.com