This spa designed by Kaushik Mukherjee, the principal architect of Kaushik Mukherjee Architects (KMA) is conceptualized on the ancient temple architecture of Southern India.
The spa is divided in various functional sections like reception, consultation room, ayurvedic massage rooms, facial rooms, hydrotherapy area, and salon and relaxation room spread over an area of 4300 square feet.
The ancient temples of the south are associated with a “pradakshina” which leads the penitent believer to “moksha” The spa here is seen as a journey to comparable emancipation even if only a physical one through a series of treatments and experiences. The entry is designed to be into such a “pradakshina” which leads the visitor to the different treatments spaces and experiences within the spa with the same colours feel and textures as might be felt in an ancient temple to an unknown god.
The interior is a contemporary take on the feel of southern temples. The textures of old stone, old timber, beaten copper and painted surfaces come together to caress the senses as the visitor proceeds to the treatment rooms.
Text By Anindita Ganguly
Photograph Courtesy Ambica Prakash, Kaushik Mukherjee