Rhythmic Respite

Ravish Mehra Deepak Kalra's design for the Barasana Boutique Hotel creates a serene escape from fast-paced Kolkata.

Creating a refuge from the cacophony that characterizes Kolkata was the underlying goal for designers of the Barsana Boutique Hotel in the Indian city’s Science Park district.

“This brand’s owners are based in Siliguri, a small town in Bengal,” 

explains Dhruva Kalra, who led a team of designers from New Delhi-based Ravish Mehra Deepak Kalra in creating the 7-story, 45-key property.

“They wanted to create a niche for their hotel in Kolkata by creating a one-of-a-kind property that served as a retreat from the hustle-bustle of the city.”

The hotel seeks to trumpet its uniqueness both outside and in. “The hotel’s façade bears an imperfect texture created by the use of locally procured stone,”

 says Kalra.

“The lines of that exterior are reflected in a series of rhythmic lines within the main lobby.”

To help engender the desired escape-from-it-all feel, the designers took such steps as incorporating natural stained wooden finishes, warm colors and a peacock rendered in brass into the hotel’s entry experience. In addition, the hotel’s accommodations feature a cream-dominated color palette and light woods, accented with bright yellows that add visual energy.

“These spaces create a hotel that is not just a place for a temporary stay, but one that will leave a lasting impression,”

says Kalra.

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