Project City Mart and Hotel Fortune Excalibur holds the distinctiveness of being a hybrid mall expressing a sense of permanence, coherence and grace on the 2.5 acre site set between the urban glass fabric of Gurgaon. City mart was envisioned by the nine x developers as to be the civic heart for an emerging residential community on the Gurgaon sohna highway.
The team of architects from n. goyal and associates developed the design concept based on the hybrid programme where the design mixes the regional architectural styles to create a synergy of spaces of retail and hospitality. Located on a pivotal point the square reinvents the retail hub as a true town centre with a distinct urban identity , community services, public areas and an important sense of place. City mart provides 477 foot wide frontage with an angular plot housing the 12 storey high hotel terminating on the south west corner. The mall has been Organized around a skylit piazza and the triangular slice of land was allotted for the hotel development. Following the principles of vaastu , which stands to be the attribute of the architect who believes to achieve a design that is enriched with feasibility ,practicality ,experiences and relationships to give a personic vocabulary to the space created.
The entryway is grand , cavernous space bathed in filtered daylight, softened by the scrims of locale architectural material. The formal scheme provides a variety of retail opportunities and the chance for playful tenant identities. The streets of the city mart uses a townscape of individualized store front as the principal design concept. City mart has two levels of retail shops surrounding a grand skylit atrium where an oasis of activity offering dining shopping, café , and community services like atms and banks co-exist thus the Shoppers find an environment with a sense of intimacy and sociability that speaks in an authentic way to their locale and life choices. Size of the shops vary from small kiosks to large areas all set in a visually exciting four story center. The upper court of two floors is wrapped by professional offices. At street level , the shops facing the front encourage shopping along the main street and also share the advantage of the inner court. Underground basement of three levels provides space for 300 cars .
Characterizing the definition of regional mall city mart is an oasis that captures the essence of the city climate and quality of natural environment. Progression of space is experienced from fully opened air to covered yet open , to covered and enclosed with or without air conditioning minimizing the air conditioning cost to 50 percent. An Oasis shaded by overhead skylight that fulfills the practicality by diffusing the glare and heat of the sundering summers and in winters it collects natural light ,which brightens the interiors .Natural wind flow within the mall is evident at all corners as the wind tunnels carved out of the venturi effect plays its role. All the shops have a common air conditioning unit and yet can be customized to their needs. While the offices above have their individualized systems thus saving the cost . Each shop has naturally lit spaces having fresh air movement through the awarded windows. The wind flow takes on from the entrance as the warm air rises to flow out from the base of the skylight. The use of CFLS in lighting further improvises the energy efficiency.
Design seeks to envelop the distinction between the interior and exterior shopping street with a palette of architectural paving, lighting and sculptural features where further a pedestrian path and a periphery road link to the hotel unite the development. Following the notes of the vaastu the hotel houses the north east entrance ,south east service core and the elevators on the west zone .Being an angular plot the hotel frontal was narrow but was at a pivotal point thus to highlight it with its glass elevators set ad mists the tapered stone wall became imperative. Comprising of a twin basement and 138 rooms swimming pool on the third floor the hotel works in collaboration with the ITC group and holds a four star category. The architectural language takes advantage of the unusual nature of the site to create a distinct façade that fills a unique niche. Rustic native sandstone on the tapered column with the chiseled effect s stand on mandana base and are topped by well-crafted arches formulating a signature style .
Artistic embellishments of sculpted kota stone runs as an entablature. Visually counter weighted by sculptured solid elements the façade is rendered in sandstone, mandana and granite where the building finishes are applied in multiplicity of ways .The use of leaf cut railing design fringes the passages and the analogy is visible as we further move to the lift entrance. Each shop has its visual identity enveloped in the double height arched frame where opportunity has been given to each tenant to display their advertisements. The common palette of indigenous materials such as stone , glass and wood and screens in the hotel provides the urban indian facades with a new paradigm for contemporary exteriors. Play of mouldings run at step levels defining the solidity and is contrasted with the prodema wood and glass. The imprints from the past yet become the foci of the hotel at night as the sculpted fibre glass coloumns capped with the egyptian capital becomes the centre stage set between tapered stone wall. Thus a Rich Pictorial metaphorical vocabulary is evident in the entire complex.Location: Sohna road , Gurgaon, India Architect: n.goyal & associates Design team: N.l.Goyal, Nitin Goyal , Ritika Khanna Goyal
Client: Ninex developers pvt ltd
Management company: Ninex & ITC group
Consultants: Hospitality- HPG consultants
HVAC – Abid hussain consultants Sunil nayyar Consultants
Plumbing &Fire: fighting- Gangwar&associates
Landscape: Design2excel/design cell
Year of completion: 2010