by United Coffee HouseSEQUEL QU L At Defence Colony, New Delhi
Project Brief Seque , Sequel, by United Coffee House is located in a busy market square in the U te Co ee ouse s ocate a et squa e t e heart of the one of the up market colonies of New Delhi. United Coffee House is one of the old and renowned restaurants of Delhi that has deep- rooted memories for most Delhiites who frequented the restaurant over q decades. It is a new venture by the people who own United Coffee House; almost a sequel to the existing legend in Connaught Place. The brief also required a sense of privacy and pampering- transporting the foodSEQUEL QU L aficionado away from the clutter and noise of the street to a calm, serene, and sophisticated Zen-like ambience.
Context The market square is extremely busy and an identity for the restaurant was a part of th d i t f the design b i f b th f brief- both for th passers-by and f the b d for th restaurant the t t customers. The Defence Colony market is a 50’s-60’s Indian modern format of High Street shopping, catering to the needs of the local residents. Hence, the shop sizes were narrow 10 ft wide and initially were only for local trade Over narrow-10 initially, trade. a period of time, the market was over taken by the pressures of Modernization and hence, most of the shops there are a patch-fit story. The existing situation isSEQUEL QU L of clutter and all that one sees while walking around is a mess of wires signages wires, signages, services and air-conditioning. There is no attention that is paid to the exterior and it is almost impossible to recognize one single building by itself. There was an opportunity to do an insertion to lay the seeds of an urban renewal, and as a challenge to establish an identity for Sequel through this opportunity. Although initially commissioned as an interior design project by a client who luckily owned almost this entire building, the project was seen as a possibility to create g, p j p y an identity within this urban spread and move away from the disorder. Hence, the approach was outward-in. Owing to the narrow depth of the shops which were dark, dingy and damp, the design was conceptualized with interplay of light gy p g p p y g and shadow as an architectural feature by means of a ‘jaali’.
Design Concept The interior theme was derived from two main notions; one, the idea of a [Box] [B ] 2 – A B Box within a B ithi Box. Thi would h l t provide I di id lit and This ld help to id Individuality d Identity within the cluttered visual of the narrow side-by-side high street buildings. Secondly, the use of a modern version of the ‘harshingaar’ motif signifies the contemporary yet traditional nature of the space To blend in the contemporary, space. contemporary nature and function of the new fine dining/ lounge with the traditional paradigm of a family restaurant that United Coffee House stands for,SEQUEL QU L this time-honored motif of ‘Harshingaar’ has been used symbolically as an Harshingaar integral part of the design theme. (The Harshingaar is also called Night Jasmine or Tree of Sorrow). Fitted within an extremely linear plot in the market, it was a huge challenge to accommodate a fine dining restaurant and lounge within the tight setting of the site. Th li i The linearity of the site was very d i f h i demanding, and i was a task to di d it k accommodate the number of people that could be eventually seated within the site. Since there is so much new insertion going around the market, the intent was to exploit this opportunity to create a magic that was constantly changing and attempt to ensure that the restaurant does not become dated.
Design Concept The restaurant space is conceived as a discreet high design space, strung along an almost sculpture like staircase moving over three floors. The staircase epitomizes the entrance and creates an impact at the heart of the building. The ‘Harshingaar’ is cut in wood and used in multiple configurations as a part of the staircase railing. A bamboo lamp installation over this triple height space created by the staircase visually creates an impact by means of its exceptional sculptural identity. A traditional skin- ‘jaali’ is wrapped all over the exterior façade using lights and voids as a pattern-making tool. The pattern is abstracted from the ‘Harshingaar’ and is used to create dramatic and dynamic light changes throughSEQUEL QU L the day and over seasons At night the light changes can be programmed for seasons. night, festivities. An urban seed has been used as an insertion into the existing traditional Indian modernist market streetscape. Sequel is an attempt to break away from the typical clutter, through a simplistic alternative rooted in the evolution of the jaali. The intent is to encourage design and materiality that is deeply rooted within the region What is unique to the high design nature of the restaurant is region. that the entire design was treated as a high design handcrafted product. The final outcome is exclusive, memorable and will probably age well; from engaging and stimulating the old customers, to welcoming the new, the Sequel is more than just an experience experience.
Ground Level First Level 20 seats 28 seatsSEQUEL QU L Floor Plans : Furniture Layout
Second Level Terrace Level 13 seats Service AreaSEQUEL QU L Floor Plans : Furniture Layout
United Coffee House - New Delhi First Floor PRELIMINARY COST ESTIMATE ON 23.10.08 a Tables (845X950mm) 3 20000.0 60000.0 b Tables (980X600mm) 4 18000.0 72000.0 Item Area Unit Rate Amount c Cashier Tables (850X600mm) 1 14500.0 14500.0 SqFt Nos. Rs. Rs. d Banquettes Sitting 18 5500.0 99000.0 e Chairs (Benches) 16 5000.0 80000.0 f Service Counter 1 16000.0 16000.0 1 Flooring Second Floor Wooden Flooring a Tables (1200X900mm) 1 20000.0 20000.0 (Ground, (Ground First and Second Floors) b Tables (1700X800mm) ( ) 1 25000.0 25000.0 a 600.0 600 0 270.0 270 0 162000.0 162000 0 c Banquettes Sitting 11 6000.0 66000.0 Stone Flooring (Entry Foyer,Support Area, d Chairs 4 6000.0 24000.0 b Office and Main Staircase) 775.0 400.0 310000.0 e Service Counter 1 8000.0 8000.0 c Tiles (Kitchen,Staff Toilet and Service Areas) 400.0 165.0 66000.0 d Tiles (Washroom Areas) 215.0 250.0 53750.0 6 Toilet Fixtures 2 Ceiling a WC, Health Faucet and Flushing Cistern 2 20000.0 40000.0 b Corien Wash Basin Bottle Trap Basin, 2 15000.0 15000 0 30000.0 30000 0 Wooden Ceiling with Harsigar Pattern as/ Design. c Wooden Counter 2 6000.0 12000.0 a (Ground and First Floor) 430.0 615.0 264450.0 d Basin Mixer 2 8000.0 16000.0 b POP 1100.0 120.0 132000.0 7 Façade 3 Wall Finishes a External Glazing 250000.0SEQUEL QU L a Texture Paint (Groundand First Floor) 5500.0 5500 0 60.0 60 0 330000.0 330000 0 b GRC Jali 850 550 467500.0 b Paint ( Service Areas) 2500.0 15.0 37500.0 c Fabric Paneling( Second Floor) 230.0 800.0 184000.0 8 Railing d Wooden Paneling Box for AC Units 100.0 615.0 61500.0 SS Railing with Wooden Panels a (Harsigar Pattern) Rmt 10 12000 120000.0 4 Wooden Screens Wooden Screens with Harsigar Pattern Grand Total 3328150.0 on Ground and First Floor 225.0 750.0 168750.0 5 Furniture List Of Exclusion Ground Floor 1 Plumbing Works (High and Low Side) a Tables (1200X600mm) 2 18000.0 36000.0 2 Electrical Works (High and Low Side) b Tables (1800X600mm) 1 25000.0 25000.0 3 DG and Panels c Tables (600X600mm) 3 10000.0 30000.0 4 HVAC Works (High and Low Side) ( g ) d Banquettes Sitting 10 5500.0 55000.0 5 External and Internal Light Fixture e Chairs 13 7400.0 96200.0 6 Kitchen Equipments f Service Counter 1 16000.0 16000.0 7 Structural and Civil Works Estimate