Gateway to the Thar Desert – Hotel Suryagarh, Jaisalmer
Golden sandstone edifice, constructed on bare scrub desert, depicts 200-year old regal Jaisalmer architecture, which is a mixture of Rajput and Mughal architecture, with little European influence. We perfectly amalgamated the traditional royal conveniences with modern ones to synthesise old world charm and modern day comfort. We also incorporated our unique selling proposition (USP) of construction without steel in many portions by using only stone and mortar masonry.
Set in the archetypal Dhanavana Durg (Desert-fort) architecture, the project comprises expansive courtyards, majestic stand-alone suites, stepped wells (bawdis), latticed stone screens and decorative stone oriel windows (Jharokhas). Monumentally arched gates, sunset patios, picturesque lake gardens and pellucid pools of water surround it. Maintaining regionalism and assisting local skill development, we only employed local artisans and resources for the entire project. The hallmark-handcrafted stonework embellished with rich local textures brings to life the resplendent past of the royalty. The blue of the native peacocks inspired the design of the limpid indoor pool that slides the user into the quiet seclusion of the bygone era. We reduced the high arid desert heat by massive roofs and walls construction, courtyards and other air ducts for ventilation, and sun control through orientation and structural projections.