The region in which the Park Hotel is found is well known for the design and production of gemstones and textiles in Hyderabad, India. The designers of this project were Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, a New York-based architectural firm that wanted to create a hotel that’s a combination of new and old.
And that’s exactly how the hotel was built. It has a design that reminds us of the local traditions but it also has a modern touch, with a contemporary structure and a sustainable design. It is a 270 room hotel that has a total of 531,550-square-foot.
Concerning the sustainable design, the hotel uses the façade to reduce the heat and help the building cool off and the rooms make use of daylight to be filled with light with the help of specific panels. The hotel offers art galleries, retail spaces and banquet halls open for everybody.
The architects have done a brilliant job receiving a LEED Gold certification. It was also awarded with the Best New Hospitality Project of 2010 from Cityscape India. Design Principles and Practices used the hotel as a model and case study concerning environment friendly designs.
The hotel lobby gets you access the central courtyard. The courtyard is protected from the strong winds and it is an extension of the restaurants that can be found inside. It also has a swimming pool and a dining court. This outdoor space offers a splendid view of Hussain Sagar Lake and the city because it is elevated three stories above ground.
It is multifunctional since it can be accessed from the bar, restaurants and lobby that surround it. The hotel rooms have all the privacy you could possibly want because a high performance glazing system and metal screens offer the idea of isolation and there is also acoustic insulation from trains passing nearby.
The opaque areas are the hotel’s service areas that are hidden from the public eye. This was the modern aspect of the building. The facades and the screens have three dimensional patterns which remind us of the historical heritage of the city-the patterns resemble the crown jewels of the Nizam-Nizam being the ruling dynasty of the city.
Most of the project’s interior areas-the lobby lounge, retail, banquet halls and lobbies were designed by SOM.The idea of jewelry is emphasized with the use of silver, gold and gem tones. There are parts adorned with mosaics that respect the local designs. The mosaics were made by local artists and craftsmen.