An Affair Of Light And Shadows

Shweta Kaw


With uninterrupted views of the scenic mountains, hotel rama trident is an absolute bliss

The clients intention was to build a hotel offering lavish room sizes at a similar or better quality while at a price cheaper than the five star hotels of that area and that was the benchmark set for the architect. Another important intention was to have a strikingly different facade from the regular boxed arrangement of windows and ornamental balconies looking onto the street to a more novel and fresh approach that would be more thought through.

The design team ensured that the facade dealt with only vertical and horizontal louvres being the main elements interacting with the sunlight and adding to the quality of the space as well as some protection from the direct glare as well as screening the views of the street.

Introducing daylight while balancing the thermal gain was a priority and hence all rooms, restaurant, lobbies and corridors are well washed with daylight throughout the day with absolutely no use of artificial lighting thereby conserving energy as well as reducing the cooling load. The Cantilevered rooms above the ground floor provide sufficient shade to protect the ground floor lobby from getting hot during summers. The design also incorporates terrace gardens at each floor as the visual connect to the green becomes an integral part of the design. Also, the design has integrated green walls (creeper laden boundary wall adding to the greenery of the lawn as well as offering immediate psychological comfort to the visitors in the lobby as well as restaurant) as a critical part of the scheme and hence continued the same language of green in the interiors as well with elaborate planters laid out at every floor.Rare openings on the south west that is mostly blocked with louvres also create an interesting interplay of light and shadow. Extremely well lit and porous lobby allowing the garden as well as mountain views to anyone entering the hotel.