Thursday, October 20, 2011

A Modern Day Hotel as Stunning as the Taj Mahal

I came across pictures of this hotel owned by the Oberoi Group in India, published some years ago in Architectural Digest. The architects found it a challenge to develop this hotel so close to the Taj Mahal (which was completed in 1648). The design is overall modified traditional with an infusion of Asian elements.

Torches illuminate the forecourt.

A Mughal-style dome dominates the lobby. It was painted with cobalt-blue pigment and then gilded. The lobby was designed as a frame to the Taj.

The elegant tea lounge boasts imposing arched windows (again, with a spectacular view)  and beaten brass walls. Cotton-and-silk and silk brocade upholstery on Indian-made furniture.

A mix of European and Asian furniture pieces as well as a 19th-century tapestry furnishes this suite. I like the pops of turquoise in this otherwise neutral-colored room.

Unparalleled views once more. Teak armoire, Burmese bone inlay table and Indian bed and bed linen in this guest room. Take note of the beautiful rug and stunning turquoise chairs. Such a comfortable room.

Sandstone walkways are illuminated by onyx wall lights in this pool area.
images via Architectural Digest/ photos Erhard Pfeiffer

Magnificent pictures, don't you think? So grand yet so peaceful and calming. I think with the Taj Mahal always in the background, in such close proximity, there must be a sense of being in the presence of history and greatness. Did you like the mix of furniture? Did you notice some of the area rugs? Did you like any particular architectural details?

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  1. It's positively breathtaking! My absolute favourite element is the bone inlay table and the bed! The lighting is also spectacular throughout.

  2. Lovely post, Lisa!
    There are hardly any words for the architectural beauty...Loved the rugs:)

  3. WOWZA!! I thought I loved the first image, but then I just kept scrolling and they are all beautiful. The hotel room itself is really beautiful - but I really like the arched mouldings in the first photo. I see some inspiration brewing for you here....I love in the bedroom photo that it looks like the terrace faces out to the Taj Mahal.

  4. It took me a minute to actually be able to form words after seen these stunning pics! I don't think WOW even covers it...that dome is 10 steps above fabulous...the cobalt/gold combo is probably going to haunt my dream!

  5. What fabulous pictures Lisa! I am following you now. Thank you so much for all your lovely comments. Hope to see you often at My Dream Canvas. Take care...Anu

  6. Wow! Amazing! The lobby is my favorite, with the gorgeous ceiling and floors. Stunning!

  7. The ceiling throughout are just stunning! I'd have a crick in my neck from staring up at them ;)

  8. Lisa, can you believe that is almost a chevron with a curve...WOW! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Lisa, Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting on my Dreamy Chandelier Makeover! So sweet of you!!! I LOVE Architextural Digest! Those pictures are amazing!! I'm your newest "follower" and hope you'll follow me on your next visit!!!

  10. Lisa the architecture is mind beautiful! The ceiling is just incredible!

    I just awarded you a versatile blogger award this on over to see. Have a great weekend!

  11. Absolutley stunning. The first picture of the forecourt is beautiful...the lighting, water, and stone. Amazing dome and color combo. The pool area is great as well. Have you visited the Taj Mahal? I read a book about the building and the Moghul empire under Shah Jehan. So fascinating. Thanks for sharing!

  12.'re right...such an amazing hotel! Simply breathtaking! Thanks for sharing this!

  13. This is absolutely beautiful! The dome ceiling is my favorite!

    Have a lovely week, Lisa!


  14. Taj Mahal is a great landmark. It is the most remarkable place in India and your post proves it.