Looking to officially open in early 2013, the hotel has been designed keeping in mind the city’s architecture and its closeness to the environment.
“The design language is very similar to that of Le Corbusier and it’s a homage to him. I feel as an international architect working on an Indian city, Corbusier did a wonderful job,” remarked the hotel’s principal architect Bobby Mukherjee.
In Chandigarh recently to oversee the work in the hotel that is in its final stages, Mukherjee pointed out that Corbusier liked open spaces and public areas.
Taking that thought forward, the hotel will have areas that encourage locals also, and not just travellers, to visit the hotel and use its many amenities.
Also, the interior design and some outer facades will reflect Le Corbusier’s style of minimalism.
“There are 200 rooms and the hotel will have a museum type feel to it,” informed Mukherjee whose design firm holds expertise in lighting and landscape design, with specialization in architecture and interior designing of airlines and airline infrastructure, five-star hotels, resorts, recreational clubs and facilities, large urban townships etc.
Having been involved in planning and designing Aamby Valley to his latest project - an airport in the Caribbean Islands, Mukherjee admits working on a hotel in a city designed by an architect was certainly a creative challenge.
“In keeping with Le Corbusier’s philosophy of design, the hotel offers a modern look with plenty of natural light, French windows and a no-fuss look,” Mukherjee points out.
“In fact, the hotel’s coffee shop has a big background inspired by the façade of the Secretariat. It overlooks a large green space,” Mukherjee adds.
Corbusier’s Chaise Lounge, one of his most famous furniture designs, will also find place in the rooms of the hotel, as will the use of primary colours in the artwork that the famed architect preferred.
“Apart from a coffee shop, The Lalit, Chandigarh will house retail space, a grand lobby, Indian and Pan Asian restaurants, a champagne lounge, a nightclub and spa,” added Mukherjee.