RE­VIV­ING THE PAST

Re­fur­bish­ing is trend­ing this year as re­gal build­ings get a makeover

India Today - - COVER STORY - By RIDHI KALE

Restora­tion is a tricky busi­ness. It is the art of keep­ing the essence of the old alive, while in­fus­ing it with cur­rent de­sign ide­olo­gies and trends. Not just to bring it back to life, but to make it stand out. Ex­perts say that this year will be all about the royal re­vival, a way to let un­fet­tered imag­i­na­tion give wings to the past. So, forts, palaces and havelis will get a much-needed re­vamp.

THE NAREN­DRA BHAWAN

MAKEOVER The last ruler of the Bikaner royal family, Naren­dra Singh ji, did not leave many mem­o­ries in the pub­lic do­main. We had to build the space based on few im­ages and anec­dotes we had. Try­ing to cre­ate an 80room prop­erty that felt more like the home of a grand un­cle than a ho­tel, was a chal­lenge.

FU­TURE FOR­WARD The next step is the use of tra­di­tional and sus­tain­able build­ing tech­niques for con­tem­po­rary ap­pli­ca­tion.

TAR­IFF On Re­quest

In­stead of fur­ni­ture us­ing old de­signs, now de­pend­ing on the lo­ca­tion and her­itage mod­ern el­e­ments are be­ing in­cor­po­rated

TREND SPOT­TING Cur­rently most re­stored forts and havelis in Ra­jasthan sport new fur­ni­ture us­ing old de­signs that are made to look quaint, like ex­ten­sively painted walls and ceil­ings. Now, de­pend­ing on the lo­ca­tion and her­itage, el­e­ments of moder­nity are be­ing in­cor­po­rated into the de­sign.

RESTOR­ING ALILA FORT We used mules to trans­port ma­te­rial up when there was no road. There are 22 dif­fer­ent lay­outs of the guest rooms, each of them de­signed and re­designed at least five times by Suneet Ba­gai (co-owner), me, ar­chi­tects San­deep and Ritu Khan­del­wal and fi­nally by the CEO of Alila Ho­tels & Re­sorts, Fred­eric Si­mon.

TAR­IFF On Re­quest

AYUSH KASLIWAL, 42

FOUNDER, AYUSH KASLIWAL DE­SIGN STU­DIO, JAIPUR

WWW.AKFDSTUDIO.COM

A bed­room with old world doors and win­dows at Alila Fort, Bis­hangarh

ATUL KAPOOR, 55 CO-OWNER OF ALILA FORT BIS­HANGARH, JAIPUR WWW.ALILA­HO­TELS.COM

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