Khosla Associates have sent us images of the Aura Spa interior they have designed in the Park Hotel, Hyderabad, India.


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Aura Spa by Khosla Associates

The Park Hotel’s latest property in Hyderabad has a central theme of a contemporary palace and several designers from across the world were commissioned to design its varied spaces using the erstwhile Nizam of Hyderabad’s jewels as inspiration.

Khosla Associates were commissioned to design the Hotel’s Spa “Aura” .

A particularly uninspiring space devoid of natural light and ventilation in the basement of the hotel was converted by Khosla Associates into a sparkling environment  ? inspired by the sheen, transparency, and whiteness of the Golconda Diamond.

The entrance curved corridor walls of the Spa were built out of   edge polished vertically stacked glass, leading  to  a  circular reception  area  with  a  fluid reception  counter  and  relaxed  customer  seating  sheathed in  moulded  white  resin.  A  wooden  staircase  from  the  pool  level  also  descends  into  the  central  womb  like  reception  zone.  The stacked glass walls glow from within with LED light giving the surrounding spaces a feeling of lightness.

Surrounding  this  sparkling  central  core  on  the  north  are  the  spacious  Male  and  Female  wet  areas  with  locker  facilities,  change  rooms  and  a  large  Jacuzzi  and  Lanconium.  On  the  south  is  a  Gym  and  a  Salon.

Further  west  from  the  reception  is  a spacious transitionary  area leading  gently  to  a  sensuous  curved  relaxation  area  and  a  series  of  well  appointed  therapy  rooms  and  suites. The minimalist transition areas in the Spa are peppered with carefully chosen pieces of mirrored organic sculpture by French artist Yahel Chirinian. The reflection of spot lights on these mirrored form deflects onto wall, floor and ceiling surfaces giving an etherial feel to the space.

In  the  circular relaxation  area  comfortable  loungers  are  divided  by  sheer  white  curtains  bathed  in  preprogrammed  washes  of  LED  light. Reflecting  VIBGYOR  colours,  the  sheer  fabric  assists  in  Chromotherapy.

The  entrance  wall  and  doors  of  the  treatment  rooms  are  clad  in  an  embossed  silver  foil,  and  the  curved  walls  of  treatment  rooms  in  a padded  diamond  shaped  pearl  white  fabric,  adding  to  the  feeling  of  luxury  within  the  space. The futuristic rooms are contrasted with period chairs lending to the space a hint of nostalgia. The circular bathroom capsules are clad with delicate pearl white glass mosaic tiles. Curved white day beds in the suites are accented by mirrored zari work cushions.
The  material  pallette  plays  on  varied  tones  of  white  to  enhance  the  feeling  of  openness,  and  built  in  washes  of  light  in  coves,  on  fabric,  textured  paint  and  moulded  white  resin  uplift  the  space  further.  Curved  walls  seamlessly  flow  into  one  another  and  soothe  stressed  minds.

Elements  like  the  Embossed  silver  foil  wall,  the  eclectic  period  chairs  in  the  treatment  rooms  and  the  padded  diamond  shaped  fabric  as  uphostery  offset  the  otherwise  futurstic  interior,  subtly  echoing  Hyderabad’s  royal  past  in  a  city  moving  rapidly  into  the  future.


Project Credits:
Architects : Khosla Associates
Design Team : Sandeep Khosla, Amaresh Anand and Dhaval S.
Photography: Bharath Ramamrutham



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