Vivanta by Taj – Whitefield, Bangalore has won multiple awards in the design area. This time of the year and the most admired edifice has bagged the “Best commercial building’ award by the prestigious Emirates Glass LEAF awards 2012. The hotel has been designed by WOW Architects | Warner Wong Design. The Directors of WOW attended the ceremony in London where they were presented with the prestigious award.
LEAF awards recognize the architects designing the buildings and solutions that are setting the benchmark for the international architectural community. It is an international competition in its 9th year and the previous winners include Zaha Hadid, David Chipperfield, SOM, and Steven Holl.
On the occasion, Maahesh Aiyar, General Manager, Vivanta by Taj – Whitefield, Bangalore said, “We are delighted to win the ‘Best Commercial Building’ title at the prestigious 2012 Leaf awards. It recognizes the distinction that is found in exceptional creativity in design and architecture. The unique project of Vivanta by Taj – Whitefield, Bangalore has set a mark for innovation for architects around the globe. It will stand as a beacon of innovation in this technology driven city.”
The Taj team worked with Warner Wong Design, Singapore to address the needs of the discerning business traveller, whilst redefining the hotel as a social and contemporary cultural hub for both the IT Park and the local population. Nature and technology is central to the design concept of Vivanta by Taj – Whitefield, Bangalore, with designers using digital imagery of the surrounding landscape as a basis for its plan. The hotel now resembles a digitized version of its surroundings. The pleasant climate of Bangalore, as well as low height restrictions, was pivotal to the design. The end result is a playful mix of transparency and layering within the interiors and exteriors.
The podium of the hotel forms a mobius strip, with its twists and folds extending the perception of space and blurring the distinction between building and ground, architecture and landscape. The hotel’s three stories hover above the ground level with the 199 rooms flexing their way around the site. Public and private spaces twist and flow in an endless promenade of spatial experiences, drawing references to traditional Indian dance forms.