Revel In Levels
In a fast-growing city like Ahmedabad, there is no dearth of hangout places. However, in the race of building modern, extravagant restaurants, what most designers forget is that sometimes only the shade of a tree and some cool breeze are required in a hangout spot. That’s when Levels Café hit the bull’s eye.
Designer Sagar Rathod, in his maiden project, gave life to this barren piece of land off S.G. Highway. When asked about his design brief, he smirked, “There was none!” The idea of interactions was explored from which the concept of Levels was generated. There is a play with eye levels. To avoid physical barriers throughout the cafe, levels were employed to ensure a rare degree of connection and isolation. A 250 sq. ft open space combined with artistic freedom was like a dream, waiting to be realised. His plan was simple: to create a niché space that is interactive, yet not breaching privacy. A paragon of ‘more for less’, Levels Cafe is a sight to behold. The wall facing the road is made of seven foot long uncut yellow Jaiselmeri stones differently angled so as to create curiosity for the outsiders as well as promote air circulation. The entrance is elevated with a few steps leading to an entryway below a canopy of lush climbers. The end of the entryway lends us the first sight of the uncovered landscape. The seating is an amalgamation of 6 zones of seating, each on a distinctive level. The different levels separated by height create a sense of greater space and work on the shortcoming of meagre space. Each zone has its own little area of nature in the form of a sloped lawn piece or a stream of water. The zones are sensitively planned and uniquely featured so as to bring novelty even on succeeding visits. The central point is an old crooked tree, which looks as if from a fairytale children’s book. Be it the uncut Jaisalmeri stone flooring or the minimal rustic furniture, every element is an extension to the natural and earthy feel of the café.