The hospitality industry is catering to a higher number of attendees who are looking for hotels ranging from budget to luxury ones, either for work or leisure. Depending on the need that a hotel is catering to, new hotels are being set up while keeping various factors in mind, such as distance from airport/railway station, distance to various markets etc. Yet, there are certain common factors that are regarded by both the categories; quality of accommodations, quality of service as well as the scope of area available. Hotels are either set up as a standalone concept or as a part of a retail space such as a mall where it enjoys more cross-selling and common clientele like Svelte Hotel in Select City Walk Mall, New Delhi, designed by Design Forum International.
Hotel design is a lot more about the experiential approach in India. Travel is on the rising ad volumes are key. Increasing focus on the arrival, the reception etc. is all part of the experience, the differentiation, the influencing perception of a guest. Architectural firms should consider public spaces very important as they form a part of the experience. As an example, Nand Vilaas in Rajasthan, designed by Design Forum International using classical elements recreate a pure and old world charm of Rajasthan. The heritage of Mewar style architecture is carefully balanced by the contemporary interiors. It is important to be sensitive to the local culture, the local connect manifested in the use of materials, bringing local craftsmanship to the fore, trying to find a fusion which marries design sensibilities with regional flavors, as the design trend is gradually leaning towards a lot of contextuality into the hotel built environment and built form. We are seeing the emergence of an architectural style which is a great mélange of the two, the modernity of the times sitting very cozily with the centuries-old craftsmanship of stone and wood, in a way mirroring the entire Indian society and mental state.
Design Forum International is a young-old organization with about 25 years of experience that has quickly set the right foot to be one of the best architecture firms in India. The firm is a vibrant mix of young and experienced professionals bounded by a common thread: the passion to design. An active contributor to the Nation Building drive and the Indian infrastructural boom, DFI holds vast industry experience in both national and international projects with millions of square feet of construction in a varied range of typology like Affordable Housing, Master planning, Mixed-use & Retail, Institutional as well as Healthcare. Some of DFI’s notable projects include the famous Select Citywalk mall, and the recently inaugurated New Courts Block of Delhi High Court., the ITO Skywalk, Delhi and the Dakshineshwar Skywalk in Kolkata. The Guwahati International Airport in Assam, designed by DFI is also under completion and is scheduled for completion in 2021.