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.