• RAAS Devigarh

    Hospitality | Adaptive Re-Use I Udaipur, Rajasthan

    Located in the Aravali Hills, RAAS Devigarh is an all-suites luxury hotel housed within an 18th century palace fortress.

    CLIENT WALLED CITY HOTELS PVT. LTD. I STATUS COMPLETED IN 2018 | PHOTOGRAPHER RAVINDER SOLANKI & MEGHAN LAMBERT | TEAM ASHA SAIRAM, SIDHARTHA TALWAR, AMBRISH ARORA, NEELAM DAS, AVESH GAUR

    Setting out to create a boutique experience drawing from the historic setting, Studio Lotus conceptualized a two-phased approach for the project. 

    The Palace interiors, as part of an old restoration drive, had been swathed in white plaster - which detracted from the user experience and induced a sense of monotony as one moved through the spaces. With the original sandstone columns stripped bare, the renewed F&B spaces in the poolside West Wing have been populated with contemporary inserts in timber and brass, and feature frescos in lime plaster.

    To connect these spaces, a metal staircase - rendered in the same grey as the local sandstone - has been crafted, whose perforated plates and metal balusters sit lightly against the solidity of the historic edifice. In the Durbar Hall, the shell has been similarly stripped of plaster to reveal the grey and red sandstone detailing. A bespoke wenge-wood bar forms the visual anchor o the lounge, with plush furnishings and low-hung lights introducing intimacy to the previously bare space. 

    Restored to their former glory, the jharokhas along the Durbar Hal have been turned into cozy baithak-style seating spaces, offering panoramic views of the valley. The verandah also serves as a viewing gallery for performances in the Lounge; a neutral colour palette combined with added elements such as inlaid marble tabletops with ludo layout evoke a sense of laidback luxury.

    Studio Lotus' interventions of creating connections and differentiated experiences have helped guests embark on journeys of discovery an revelations - transforming their stay at RAAS Devigarh into engaging memories they are likely to revisit.  

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