taj coromandal, chennai

"From the carvings on the outer wall, to the glittering brass, teak and marble lobby, to the rosewood of the rooms, everything which meets the eye is a pleasant reminder of all that is beautiful in South India" - an American tourist

When we started work on the Taj Coromandal in Chennai, we were inspired by the local ‘gopuram’ temple architecture in the region. Whilst the prestigious hotel had to have a contemporary feel, it also had to exhibit a local context, which was achieved by traditional carvings and indigenous materials. Our understanding and feeling for traditional Indian architecture and motifs was integral to the project.

The view of the hotel is dominated by a huge 120 ft. x60 ft. white marble mural of a ‘kalpataru’- made up of 340 pieces, each 4 ft. x 2 ft. The deluxe five-star hotel has 230 rooms, a large foyer embellished with brass chandeliers and a ballroom that can seat 1200 persons.

Project Facts
  • Area: 1,72,140 Sq.ft.
  • Location: Chennai
  • Status: Completed - 1974
  • Client: The Indian Hotels Company Ltd.
  • Number Of Rooms: 223