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‘raas jodhpur’ by lotus praxis initiative, jodhpur, india
image © raas jodhpur
on a recent trip to rajasthan, india, designboom got up close and personal with new delhi-based practice lotus. we visited the studio and had a close look on the new works the practice is currently working on. ambrish arora, principal of lotus, gave us an in-depth presentation on raas jodhpur, a boutique hotel located in the heart of jodhpur, india. the project was a collaboration between lotus and bangalore-based firm praxis. together under the name, lotus praxis initiaive,
arora and rajiv majumdar from praxis, underwent their first major commissioned work. to date the establishment has won best holiday building at the 2011 world architecture festival (WAF) and was chosen as one of the best hotels in the world by conde nast traveller for the gold list 2011.
arora explains the design process and the major principles behind the construction:
‘we feel the world is moving towards authenticity. today, resorts are creating theater stages of the past which is a pseudo revivalist movement. it’s not about packaging something, it’s about expressing what is relevant today. and how can we give back, to the people what is theirs. so you get a relevance to what they have… the new framing the old and the old framing the new.’  ambrish arora will speak at the india design forum march 9 – 10, 2012 in delhi.


entrance of raas
image © raas jodhpur


raas jodhpur with mehrangarh fort
image © raas jodhpur


endless swimming pool
image © raas jodhpur



raas at night
image © raas jodhpur


image © raas jodhpur


dari khana
image © raas jodhpur

designboom actually stayed at raas for new year’s eve.
see our original article on the hotel raas jodhpur here.

here are a few images of the building process:


ambrish at work
image © lotus


demolition of existing site
image © lotus


restoration of site
image © lotus


construction of site, collaboration with local artisans
image © lotus


contemporary jaali detail by lotus architecture
image © raas jodhpur


historic motif of jaali   -the making process
image © designboom


jaali making
image © designboom


jaali detail
image © designboom

if you wish to visit raas jodhpur soon, there is a great event in february 17th – 19th 2012,
the sufi festival at nagaura, jodhpur. featuring the exponents of rare living traditions of sufi expressions from across india and beyond,
at the magical fort of nagaur ahichhatragarh.

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