Restoration / Revitalization in Candy Colours

Client Name:- Mr. Raj Kumar Nahata

Location:- Daryaganj, Old Delhi

Total Build-Up Area:- 6000 sq.ft / 560 sq.m, Site Area : 560 sq.m

Type of Project:- Architecture + Interiors : Revitalization, Repurposing, Restoration

Status:- Completed June 2012

An early 20th Century courtyard house, designed in the Indo-Deco style prevalent around the time, built on the foundations of a much older structure beneath; the building had fallen into disrepair by the turn of the 21st century and was lying derelict. It was purchased by the client in 2011 with the intent of creating a unique Bed-and-Breakfast Home-Stay within the congested by-lanes of Daryaganj, with a charming heritage feel.

The design idea was to salvage, re-use and repurpose as many architectural features and interior artifacts in the crumbling edifice as possible. The house was also poorly ventilated with next to no natural light in the interiors. The courtyard and front fa├žade were overhauled to remedy this.

The house layout was subtly re-organized for the purpose of a modified Hotel. The terrace of the house was transformed into a playful outdoor Al-Fresco dining space using reclaimed and broken ceramic tiles; This new roof space (which has stunning views onto the Zinat-ul-Masjid), along with a transformed courtyard (now a light-filled atrium) capture the soul of this reinvented house in full measure.