project / ANdAZ Delhi, Aerocity, Delhi
A NEW WAY FOR A NEW DAY
Hospitality projects are sprouting plentiful in the capital, but ANdAZ Delhi patently sets itself apart by redefining luxury. Virgile and Partners and Elektra Lighting Design create a dramatically casual palette as witnessed by Mrinalini Ghadiok on her recent jaunt through the spanking new property.
Pic: Amit Mehra
Stepping out of my car, I am greeted with the usual welcoming pleasantries of a swanky hotel. As I walk towards the glass doors, the conspicuous absence of a burly doorman dressed in regal finery, coupled with the fact that the entrance is rather under-celebrated, draws my attention. However, before I can reach out, a friendly gentleman dressed in his Sunday best pulls ajar the glass door and accosts me with a cheerful “Good afternoon, ma’am!” Smiling, I step in to notice other young folk casually
hanging about, donning uncanny similar outfits. “Ah! This is the hotel staff,” I realise. ANdAZ Delhi is impressive at first site. Covering an entire block of the hotelstudded Aerocity in the capital, the new venture by the Hyatt Hotels Corporation makes a conscious attempt to distance itself from traditional hospitality formalities, and define a new concept of high-end luxury wrapped in the comfort of familiarity. It is intriguing and exciting at the same time. Virgile and Partners worked closely with
senior hotel administrative leadership to define this peculiar ethos and reflect it in the design and working of the project, while Elektra Lighting Design ensured that the created ambience abetted just this. Ewald Damen of Virgile and Partners describes the approach as ‘New Luxury’, “We wanted to take away from the traditional rich style and create a unique design; ensuring an integrity of the hotel, and at the same time inspiring people through provoking emotional reactions.