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The Secret Ingredient in a Good Design

Himank Goswami | May 29, 2017

By Himank Goswami, Manager - Global Design & Construction at Oberoi Hotels My wife and I went out for dinner to a luxury hotel recently to celebrate our anniversary. We were offered a table next to the window overlooking a beautiful garden. The ambience was intimate with a candle lit table and soft background music. But soon the evening started turning unpleasant when we realized that our table was right behind an extremely busy service station. We could hear the waiters mumble, sound of the cutlery and worst of all the irritating noise of the cheque printer every now & then. The restaurant failed to deliver (at least to us) wha...

Don’t Cut Cost, Cut Down Waste: Maximizing Space in Hotel Design

Himank Goswami | March 31, 2017

by Himank Goswami Our head of Strategic development during a late evening discussion mentioned to me 'I can't make this project viable at this cost; we'll have to lower the cost in order to match the owner's budget and make the return on investment numbers lucrative'. Next morning I sat down amending the Area brief, tightening area of each function down to the last square foot and making the circulation more efficient. The guestroom layout plan was reviewed again and I was able to cut down 10 square feet without compromising the functionality of the room (which translated into 2,000 SqFt for a 200 key hotel plus the saving on the grossi...

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