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THE ORCHID
 
" THE ORCHID ", a five star hotel with 245 keys is located near Santacruz Airport.

It is a tough site to handle to create a hotel, which responds to the site and surroundings.

There are many restrains, the proximity to airport restrains the height, the shape and the size of the plot restricts the foot print of the building. On one side the airstrip and domestic airport and on other sides surrounded by building, it does not give an exposure to the building. Hence, an introvert concept of the hotel is generated.

The hotel is an attrium hotel lobby, business lounge, lobby bar speciality restaurant and a banquet hall are located on ground floor first floor is an attrium where coffee shop is located.

Hotel has six guest floors with room bays making 245 keys with 22 2 bay suites, one residential suite, 72 executives suites health club gym and a shopping arcade.

Top two floors are designed as executive floors with separate check in and an executive lounge. The terrace with swimming pool is connected with a free standing cantilevered spiral staircase which becomes the features of the attrium.

The three scenic elevators connects all 6 floors, 6 storeyed water fountain culminating in water body near the lifts is the most interesting feature of the hotel.

The attrium has planters at each level keeping the green theme of the hotel 72 rooms overlook the courtyard like attrium of around 80¢ x 80¢ with six storeyed height.

This also is an effort of passive conservation of energy because 72 rooms are not exposed to external radiant heat and are over - looking a controlled atmosphere.

The skylight consisting of double layered cavity domes cutting off the heat load and still giving natural light to the attrium.

Roof top swimming pool with its unique settings creates pleasing ambiance from where one sees landings and take off. A roof top open air barbecue restaurant and (poolside party venue) are located at this level.

The 4¢ depth of water of swimming pool acts as natural heat insulation between the terrace of the attrium rook thus conserving energy.

All the services are located in basements such as HVRC plant Electrical plant back of houses area and staff facilities.

The white colour of the walls, the earthern tiles on the roof, blue reflective glasses of windows with timber frames which gives the friendly and humane character to the building.

Efforts are made for passive energy conservations:
 

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