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Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai
The legendary luxury hotel that played host to kings, dignitaries and eminent personalities from across the globe, and is acknowledged as a world leader in hospitality.
Client
Taj Hotels Resorts Palaces Safaris
Category
Interiors
  • Project launched in 2010
  • Renovation of landmark heritage hotel including guestrooms & suites of 'Palace Wing'
  • Four extensive and entirely unique thematic suites
  • Palace Lounge & Public Areas
Creating a home away from home in one one the most recognisable palaces in India.

Following the events of 2008 where large parts of the Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai were damaged, JPA was engaged to undertake the refurbishment and renovation of the heritage wing and tower of the hotel. This included all guestrooms and executive suites, the Heritage Wing lobby and reception, the Grand Staircase and Central Dome, the Aquarius Lounge and Poolside, the Palace Lounge and the main lobby in addition to four themed suites; the Ravi Shankar Suite, the Rajput Suite, the Gateway Suite and the Seagull Penthouse.

Even though there have been many cosmetic changes over the years, the formality and grandeur of the original building’s design are unmistakable. The solid strength of the exterior shell gives the subsequent interior spaces a welcoming, protected feel; perfect for a hotel, acting as one’s home away from home. The original design found the appropriate balance between decorative architectural detail where it was warranted, and a more restrained approach in less prominent areas.

Contemporary luxury inspired by the grandeur of the past.

The interiors are unmistakably classical in origin, and a strong sense of place is conveyed in the antiques and artefacts of the public spaces. These public areas reflect the formality and grandeur of the original design, providing luxury and comfort within a formal framework. In contrast, the guestrooms have a more relaxed, residential ambience, yet through their architectural details, they never lose their refined identity.

The Seagull Penthouse suite’s layout was conceived to allow views of the ocean from every corner.

The Seagull Penthouse suite’s layout was conceived to allow views of the ocean from every corner, whether working at the study desk, sitting in the lounge, resting in the bedroom or pampering oneself in the luxurious bathroom.  The artwork, accent fabrics and pattern language all pay homage to an amalgamation of coastal, maritime and colonial stylistic references, very much intended to relate to the hotels’ sea-facing location and to the period of the buildings’ construction.  

The Ravi Shankar suite. Inspired by Mr Shankars’ music

By contrast, the Ravi Shankar suite, which also occupies the centre of a sea-facing elevation, is indebted in many ways by its namesake. Here the fabrics and colourways are all informed by the rich notes of the Sitar and represent a vision of Mr Shankars’ music interpreted as colour and texture. Where the two suites are similar is in their layouts - developed around the existing structure and services of the building, but all the while drawingg on one of the hotels key features; its spectacular ocean views.

Each suite has been designed to be unmistakably classical in its aesthetic whilst offering leading-edge technology for the contemporary traveller.

A similar design philosophy has driven the interiors of the standard guest suites where Moorish and Oriental references are more subtly integrated into carpet patterns, bed head profiles and in the ceiling filigree. The overall compositions talk to guests on a number of levels and the results are interiors of refinement and elegance.

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