LEISURE & WELLNESS ARCHITECTURE DESIGN
Name: STORII BY ITC HOTELS MOIRA RIVIERA, GOA
Location: New Delhi, India
Company: AVA Design PVT. LTD
Designer/Architect: Vistasp Bhagwagar (AVA Design Pvt Ltd), supported by Musheer, Eqbal, Annpurna, Raashii, Parth & Shubhra
Manufacturer: Project Construction by Nilesh Kattimani, Local Goan Contractor Interior Works by Nirman India Electricals By Shivam Electricals HVAC by Divine Air Conditioning
Stakeholder/Owner: Viana Design Hotels LLP (Ar. Vistasp Bhagwagar, Arnaz Bhagwagar & Ms Lorama)
The concept behind STORII BY ITC HOTELS MOIRA RIVIERA, GOA was to recreate the serene atmosphere and slow-paced lifestyle reminiscent of the old Goa. Located in an offbeat and tranquil setting, the resort is nestled amidst lush green paddy fields and backwaters, with picturesque mountains serving as a backdrop. The property embodies undiscovered Goa, setting its rhythm with the harmonious sounds of bird songs that pervade the surroundings. The journey from securing the ideal location to designing and obtaining permissions took a meticulous process spanning two years, followed by three years of construction and six months of finalization, including acquiring all necessary clearances.
The primary objective was to design a boutique resort that would attract guests seeking solace and tranquility in natural surroundings. With the rising trend of bleisure (business and leisure) travel, where business and leisure intertwine, the hotel aimed to cater to diverse age groups and customer demands. It prioritized spaciousness and luxury, limiting the room inventory to no more than 20 rooms. The sloping site, gently descending towards peaceful backwaters in a serene locale, dictated the design's adherence to the natural contours and edges of the land. Local building culture and regulations were carefully respected throughout the property's design process. Today, STORII BY ITC HOTELS MOIRA RIVIERA, GOA stands as a testament to "Responsible Luxury" and has partnered with a renowned hotel chain.
The impact of this architectural marvel extends beyond its aesthetic and functional aspects. Moira, the previously overlooked town, has now secured its place on the tourist map thanks to this property. The stunning architecture has garnered attention and brought newfound recognition to this once-sleepy town. The involvement of a reputed hotel brand has enhanced the credibility of both the property and Moira itself, instilling a sense of pride among the local community. The project has not only created employment opportunities but has also generated revenue for the town. Moreover, the flourishing market near the entrance to the town has further invigorated the area, attracting more visitors and fostering a vibrant atmosphere.
STORII BY ITC HOTELS MOIRA RIVIERA, GOA differentiates itself through its thoughtful approach to design. The emphasis was on avoiding overbuilding and instead creating a memorable visitor experience from the moment of arrival to the river's edge. Local materials and earthy finishes were utilized, ensuring a spiritual journey of truth in every designed element and facade. The hand-plastered white building envelope adds to the property's charm, blending harmoniously with the natural and varied landscape. The massing of the resort consists of three blocks arranged in a U-shape, opening onto central greens and a pool overlooking the river. These blocks encompass the arrival experience, the living experience, and the retreat experience, offering a range of amenities and accommodations for guests.
Functionality is paramount at STORII BY ITC HOTELS MOIRA RIVIERA, GOA, with a plethora of features and services catering to guests' needs. From an awe-inspiring arrival experience to ample parking facilities for self-driven vehicles and even planned EV charging stations for hybrid and electric cars, the resort ensures convenience. Guests can enjoy dining at Café Moira, a 45-cover all-day dining restaurant, or unwind at The Story Lounge, a social lounge and bar. Private dining rooms are available for intimate gatherings and MICE events, while the exclusive rooftop room provides breathtaking silhouette views. Additional highlights include an attached heritage villa with private gardens for family use, a two-room therapy spa, white-gloved service along the riverside, in-room open-air massage services, rooftop dining on the SkyDeck, heritage tours around the town of Moira, and a captivating storyboard that encourages guests to rediscover their inner child.
Innovation played a crucial role in the success of Storii. The design adhered to local climate and orientation aspects for optimal passive solar architecture. Local bylaws and regulations were respected throughout the process, ensuring compliance while maximizing the site's value. Sustainability was prioritized through the use of locally sourced materials, minimizing carbon footprints. The architectural design purposefully celebrated local arts and crafts, creating a captivating blend of raw rustic interiors, exposed roofs, handmade terrazzo floors, and rich timber furniture.
This hotel sets a new benchmark in leisure and wellness architecture design. It stands as a testament to the harmonious fusion of past and present, offering a haven of tranquility amidst the breathtaking beauty of Goa's landscapes.
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