The Courtyard, new resort designed by Sanjay Puri Architects is located in Lavasa, India . The site for this 200 room business hotel is in the city centre of a 5,000-acre planned township. With an existing hotel flanking it one side and a convention centre on the other, the site sits along a promenade with shopping areas and restaurants at the beginning of a large lake.
Capturing views of the lake and hills in the distance linear blocks housing the guest rooms organically weave along the site perimeter creating a large open to sky courtyard in the centre of almost an acre within the 2.5-acre site. Upon entering the hotel one experiences the openness of the central garden and is allowed to see through the entire site till the opposite and opening into the promenade.
The linear floating blocks housing the rooms are shielded with movable bamboo screens along the balconies fronting each room creating a juxtaposition of linearity with the organic curves of the public spaces below. Capitalizing on natural ventilation in a site which has temperatures ranging between 15 and 30°C throughout the year, the building is rendered energy efficient by the bamboo meshes and screens that reduce heat gain into the building and allow all circulation spaces to be non air conditioned.