Mumbai is India’s second-largest city and the primary financial center and commercial port. The hotel is located in the old manufacturing district near downtown, an area undergoing revitalization.
The first Four Seasons property in India, this 33-story hotel is positioned as a premier destination for business travelers. The 253,000-square-foot project includes 188 guest rooms, two restaurants, four meeting rooms and a business center, a pool, fitness center and spa.
The project’s design was driven by converging influences: its luxury status, the emphasis on landscaping, and many principles of Vastu, a spiritual science of architecture that is particularly important in India. The result is a sleek tower of granite and glass that befits a five-star hotel.
In keeping with Vastu, the building is properly oriented to the sun, and its highest point, a spire that serves as the hotel’s antenna, is positioned at the southwest corner. Refuge floors mandated by the building code are placed at intervals on the front and back elevations. These refuge floors appear as balconies on the facade, providing visual contrast to the smooth curtain wall of non-reflective glass. An attached, three-story building with a floor-to-ceiling glass facade contains a restaurant and rooftop pool.
The hotel is designed to be an oasis within a densely populated district. Views from the guest rooms, restaurants and meeting facilities focus on beautifully landscaped gardens that also serve as function areas.