When Old Meets New

India Today - - COVER STORY - French Haveli DE­TAILS french­haveli.com

Aa time when old homes are crum­bling to make place for swanky new res­i­dences, the French Haveli stands as a per­fect tes­ti­mony to time and de­sign. It’s a 150-old house re­fur­bished and re­vamped—by an Indo-French col­lab­o­ra­tion—into a bou­tique ho­tel with the typ­i­cal old city flavour alive. Ev­ery nook and cor­ner has been utilised aes­thet­i­cally. “Ev­ery haveli has its own char­ac­ter and we merely high­lighted the orig­i­nal fea­tures with new use,” says Ra­jiv Pa­tel, the owner. So, they have in­stalled a re­tractable

awning over the cen­tral court­yard which al­lows breeze at night and shields the home from harsh sun­shine and rain. A dis­tinct fea­ture is the tiny bed­room fash­ioned out of the for­mer pi­geon feeder, a char­ac­ter­is­tic typ­i­cal of homes in the pol.

THE SPACE The haveli was re­stored by a team of French ar­chi­tects who had vis­ited in the year 2000 as part of a project to re­vi­talise the old city. It is now a beau­ti­ful mix of moder­nity and tra­di­tional liv­ing so there’s a cen­tral open-to-sky court­yard and a jhula, that’s char­ac­ter­is­tic of a Gu­jarati home.

AT 1824 Khi­jada Sheri, Opp Jain Derasar, Dhal Ni Pol

Ra­jiv Pa­tel, owner, French Haveli

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