Her­itage ho­tel Ma­rina, Shimla: Ozone De­signs

In­no­va­tively de­signed by Ozone De­signs, Ma­rina bou­tique ho­tel in Shimla, has a dis­tinctly ur­ban style and moder­nity, com­bin­ing ar­chi­tec­tural her­itage with con­tem­po­rary in­te­ri­ors

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Com­posed of 42 rooms that mas­ter­fully com­bine de­sign, com­fort and tech­nol­ogy, this bou­tique ho­tel, built un­der the most con­tem­po­rary con­cepts of ar­chi­tec­ture and de­sign, has a fluid form and fea­tures large spa­ces that of­fer beau­ti­ful views of the lush nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment.

Ma­rina har­mo­niously and sub­tly blends modern and classy forms. The orig­i­nal fa­cade in­spired or­na­men­tal and tra­di­tional sym­bolic slates and wooden rafters, keep­ing in mind its

his­toric ref­er­ence and the old Hi­machal guide­lines. Tim­ber frame struc­tures as the en­tire frame­work of the struc­ture and glaz­ing; stone tow­ers, shin­gles roof­ing that caps a lower por­tion of the ho­tel, the best-in-its-kind of build­ing el­e­va­tion with lo­cal slate and wooden sleep­ers.

At the restau­rant en­trance, three thou­sand pieces of wood make up a unique, psy­che­delic pat­tern in the ceil­ing with dif­fer­ent forms and shapes with dou­ble level and dual tone pol­ish.

Ar. Amey Ka­mat, In­te­rior De­signer and Founder, Ozone De­signs

“We man­aged to cre­ate all cor­ners with dec­o­ra­tive fea­tures for atrium and lob­bies, also re­tain­ing the an­cient fire­place, which used to be the charm of the old build­ing, and even heav­ily themed fan­tasy suites. We have also blended dif­fer­ent forms with or­nate stat­u­ary to en­hance a more tra­di­tional ar­chi­tec­tural build­ing style and blend­ing lux­ury in­te­ri­ors.” Ar. Tushar Joshi, As­so­ciate Di­rec­tor, Ozone De­signs

“Ma­rina Ho­tel in­cor­po­rates sus­tain­able ma­te­ri­als in its con­struc­tion that cre­ate healthy in­door en­vi­ron­ments with min­i­mal pol­lu­tants and land­scap­ing that re­duce elec­tric­ity con­sump­tion and wa­ter wastage, high-ef­fi­ciency win­dows and in­su­la­tion in walls, ceil­ings, and floors that in­crease the ef­fi­ciency of the build­ing.”

The Six­teen69 lounge has rich dark in­te­ri­ors, smoked lap­pato walls, and clay tile cladding on the columns with small cut co­conut shell cladding on the bar counter wall, and spe­cially de­signed stain­less-steel bar stools that lend a con­tem­po­rary touch. Viceroy, the ban­quet hall, has been de­signed with­out ob­struct­ing pil­lars and acous­ti­cally treated slid­ing fold­ing par­ti­tions.

Cus­tom­ized re­tractable trans­par­ent per­gola for the ter­race area has been de­signed and built us­ing the high­est qual­ity ma­te­ri­als and ad­vanced man­u­fac­tur­ing tech­niques. The roof­ing sys­tem is hand­made with pre­ci­sion en­gi­neer­ing, giv­ing it ab­so­lute sus­tain­abil­ity for all events and gath­er­ings to en­joy an open to sky view. Ma­rina’s drive-in with park­ing for 100 cars is sur­rounded by cedar and pine trees with a panoramic view of the moun­tain ranges.

Ho­tel Ma­rina is en­vi­ron­men­tally re­spon­si­ble and re­source-ef­fi­cient through­out its life-cy­cle. Its ob­jec­tives ex­pand and com­ple­ment the clas­si­cal build­ing de­sign con­cerns of econ­omy, util­ity. dura­bil­ity and com­fort. To re­duce op­er­at­ing en­ergy use, high-ef­fi­ciency win­dows and in­su­la­tion in walls, ceil­ings, and floors in­crease the ef­fi­ciency of this build­ing. In ad­di­tion, ef­fec­tive win­dow place­ment (day light­ing) pro­vide for more nat­u­ral light and lessen the need for elec­tric light­ing dur­ing the day. En­vi­ron­men­tal-friendly el­e­ments in­clude LED lights that are used through­out the prop­erty, wa­ter conserving fix­tures such as ul­tra-low flush toi­lets and low-flow shower heads with ef­fi­cient plumb­ing, smart light­ing and ven­ti­la­tion sys­tems, high-ef­fi­ciency fire­fight­ing, in­door en­vi­ron­men­tal qual­ity en­hance­ment to re­duce air im­pu­ri­ties, and ad­e­quate HVAC sys­tems.

Ho­tel Ma­rina is a hun­dred-year old prop­erty, which was con­sid­ered one of the most pres­ti­gious ho­tels dur­ing the Bri­tish regime for its lux­ury, hospi­tal­ity and ser­vices

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