Hotel Le Meridien, New Delhi A 5-Star Hotel situated in the heart of the city. Le Méridien New Delhi is distanced two kilometers from the home of the President of India, the Presidential Palace, Parliament House, and Connaught Place. This city center hotel is set amidst the most alluring shopping and entertainment districts in New Delhi, India. This Luxury Hotel is spread over 678,126 Sq Feet with A grand Porch, Entrance Lobby, Business Centre and Lounge, Convention Centre comprising of Pre Function lobbies, Cloak Rooms and Banqueting Facilities with an outdoor party lounge, Public Washrooms, Multi Cuisine Restaurant, Atrium Cafe, Indian specialty Restaurant, LoungeBar, Roof top Restaurant and Bar, Health Club, Beauty Salon, Spa, outdoor pool, Shopping Arcade, Offices, Lifts and Lift Lobbies, Guest room Corridors and 400 Rooms and suites. Our Scope of work included complete renovation of the Interior, Lighting and Landscape design. We walked away with this project from amongst some of the best known International names in the Hospitality Industry (comprising of International Architects) as we were the only firm who understood the brief and gave the jury exactly what was asked for. "Art and Tech" was the brief and it was interpreted in two Themes. "Light and Dark" Throughout the property, we used mood lights that could transform the entire look, plasmas, maple flooring, high-end accessories, Dimming controls and panels, lights from Spain and Italy, the works.. For the required look to come through, the mood had to be set from the very beginning and hence, one notices that the drama starts from the facade itself where you are welcomed under the steel canopy of the porch. Once inside, you are held rapt by the Grand Lobby that was designed to be a surrealistic space where different moods are created through effective use of new-age lighting techniques. One of the most striking contrasts in the colour palette - Black & white is the underlying theme in most public areas with an indulgence of Red to break the monotony. The walls are panelled in special white ash wood that was processed in a plant in Italy where it was bleached to a milk white color but preserving the grains and texture of the wood. Since it's predominantly an all white space, the deisgn had to use subtle nuances to achieve its goal of looking spectacular. We have used light as a very useful tool to that purpose. Another feature is the backdrop to the reception area of this Hotel. The world's largest backlit Alabaster installation. It was fabricated in Barcelona and assembled here. The company who made this for us won an Industry Award in Spain and more arresting than that in the foreground stands the tallest (free-standing) glass sculpture rested on a leather cladded steel base designed by Bobby himself. The idea was to create an illusion of sunlight here, so the alabaster is flanked by black velvet curtains. As an extension to the "art and tech" brief, what's interesting is the creative use of mosaic. The design continues from the lobby floor onto the facade of the reception counter. Similarly, all over the convention centre. Drawings for this were sent to Italy where it was crafted by the traditional artisans. The entire mosaicwork here is monochromatic with only black, grey and white marbles. The story continues into the Atrium where the monotony of black white and grey is broken by warm colors and a patch of real platinum. The whole floor is made in glass mosaic; made to look like an abstract painting done on canvas. The entire property is devoid of still art like framed paintings. Instead, innovative use of technology was done by displaying video art (graphic art). Light and Materials were the two most powerful elements that were made use of, while designing Le Meridien and this is never more evident than in the rooms, suites and the public areas. The owners were specific about the accomodation to be provided to guests, that has both Economy/Club as well as suites. Though the economy rooms have been kept minimal, simple and functional, there has been no compromise on the quality of materials used. The Suites on the other hand follow themes like Retro, Thai, Understated modernity, Contemperory all white, etc.. The most important thing for us was to maintain uniformity in materials, design and quality throughout the property. Another very distinctive feature that sets it apart - the unusual and innovative use of Steel. Right from the steel porch to the tiniest and seemingly inconsequential things like the remote holder, tea/cofee making tray, table accessories, etc.. are all crafted out of steel. One of the suites has been given a steel panelled wall for the contemperory look. Infact, it was this look that won us the project in the first place. Signages for most public areas of this Hotel was displayed through digital screens and graphics as an extension to innovation in 'Art and Tech'nology. The dexterous approach and dogged obsession with quality has definately added a lot to this space conforming to world standards. The overall impact of the Hotel is not just overwhelming but deeply aesthetic as well; especially for those who enter the property with an old look in mind, the ambience is truly international and meets your every whim.