Location : Jaipur, Rajasthan
Site Area : 3800 sqft
Completion Year : 2017
Design Team : Niel Parekh, Pooja Shah, Devyani Minocha
Picture Courtesy : Ishita Sitwala (The Fishy Project)
Jaipur city is built on the contrast of chaotic old streets and relatively calm islands of majestic built structures. The Café was to be built on an open plot situated in an industrial area where only temporary sheds could be built.
The cafe was designed as an integral visual image in response to the history of the old city combined with the starkness of the immediate industrial neighborhood. The design is interpreted as an industrial palace, blending in the opulence without proposing a traditional inspired space. South and west side façade of the café open towards the road and have the glimpse of intricate jali built in concrete with the tall colorful windows, overall feel aiming at avoiding overpowering nostalgia and looking for its own singular image.
Spatially, the ground floor has lounge seating area, brew counter, kitchen with a separate service entry from outside and a small area which is cordoned off as a space which can be given out for private events. The Mezzanine floor also seats around 50 people, the space lit by diffused light from the skylight in the roof, a perfect space for brunch late in the morning.
Interior design seeks to solidify and make central the most ephemeral of elements interpreting grandeur without the glitter into a more raw and basic form- glass chandeliers with metal framing, vibrant upholstered furniture in contrast to the cement flooring and the raw metal roof.