Revel In Lev­els

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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.

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