Hotel at Bodhgaya
Hospitality Architecture I Gaya, Bihar
The hotel gently uses the vocabulary of brick details from the Buddhist trail - vaults to corbelled arches to stepped jambs that soften the edges of buildings and make them welcoming and timeless.
Client Marasa Hospitality Pvt. Ltd.
Area 76,000 Sq.ft
Status Completed 2020
Photographer Niveditaa Gupta
Team Shimul Javeri Kadri, Vaishali Shankar, Roshni
Kshirsagar, Ipsita Mallick, Aparna Kale
Bodhgaya is where the Buddha is deemed to have received enlightenment. It is perhaps one of the holiest and oldest sites of pilgrimage for the Buddhist world. This context as well as the skills and materials relevant to the area informed our design for this hotel, which makes extensive use of brick – a cottage industry that has remained active in the area over the last 2000 years. The vocabulary of the building, using the craftsmanship of brick vaults, pillars and architraves also attempt to convey the emotions that most embody the Buddhist practice – wisdom, courage, compassion, forbearance and perseverance.
Spread over 4.5 acres, the courtyards and water bodies, and the sloping roofscapes create the conditions for an ecologically sustainable and highly contextual resort for Buddhist pilgrims.