Location: Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Bengaluru is a former British cantonment, a pensioners paradise and the fastest growing city in India today. The colonial influence is strong and could be felt until recently. There also exists a rich tradition of vernacular architecture, British bungalows and grand palaces. Amidst all this, on 18 acres of property in the heart of the city, existed a motley group of buildings called the Westend Hotel. Our task was to establish a unifying style for the restoration and renovation of the existing buildings and further expansion of public and guestroom areas. The oldest building of the site was built in 1887 by Mr. & Mrs. Bronson, and major additions were constructed in 1905. These blocks are amongst the best examples of the Bangalore Gothic styles of architecture; the salient features being the multi-planed tiled roofs, gables, dormers, monkey-tops, trellis work and intricately carved fascias.