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Sine wave pattern performs structural and aesthetic functions for façade of Delhi hotel

Photographer: Ar. Diana Espinoza

New Delhi-based Smart Arch Studio has designed the Hotel Nest, a boutique hotel with a façade to create an illusion of width to the narrow building. The project was to attract the attention of visitors and passersby alike over time.

A sine wave pattern was designed from top to bottom using planks, following different outer profiles creating an illusion. The longer side of the planks is horizontally-oriented to camouflage the front side rooms, which maintains privacy and visually widens the structure. Wood-plastic composite sheets (WPC) sheets were used to maintain the structural load of the façade of the closely-spaced planks, which maintains a focal point. WPC is water-resistant and sunlight-proof making it a durable material, which minimizes wastage and expenses.

Laser-cut non-identical planks achieve an accurate precision necessary for the design. Vertical section of MS pipes was installed at the face of the structure, which creates a skeletal system to support the planks.