Spread across a sprawling four acres area, the Jhansi Hotel in Civil Lines, Jhansi was a reinvention property of a dilapidated historical landmark structure of the city built in 1905, which had long outlived its original purpose. Heavily damaged by rain, the decrepit spread out structure was restored for reuse as a luxury heritage hotel and gave the architect first of its opportunity. Adapted reuse, a strategy that helped to divert the waste from landfill and presented itself as a sustainable option for reclamation of a historic site was followed. The renovation involved restoring the single story load bearing masonry structure comprising of two centimetres wide walls, sloping roofs and introducing modern building services. The building’s integral framework was retained to adapt the space per the contemporary notion of hospitality. The en-suite guest rooms, dining hall, corridors, reception and lounge areas were reconfigured and designed to suit the current sensibilities and provide for the modern day conveniences. Using locally sourced building materials, and employing local craftsmen, the project rejuvenated the city’s urban core, while reviving the essence of the once forgotten landmark.
Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh, India