Architect: Dipen Gada & Associates
Client: Mr. Nirav Gandhi
Gross area: 3673 square feet
Design Team: Dipen Gada, Mrunal Bhogayata & Darshana Vora
Photography: Tejas Shah
Story by: Nidhi Patel
Dipen Gada & Associates widely known as DGA has evolved over the years from an interior design firm to a civil and architectural planning firm. Today DGA has earned the title of being one of the most respectable and admired firms of Baroda. The principal designer and founder of the firm, Mr. Dipen Gada along with his skillful design team have established a versatile palette of projects ranging from architecture, interior, landscaping and product design. The firm aims at striking a balance between aesthetics and functionality in all its designs. All projects executed reflect two major key elements – Minimalism & Simplicity.
DGA brings you one such restaurant design project that challenged the renovation and extension of a famous hotel restaurant of Baroda – Fiorella & Bayleaf. Enveloped in a classic ambience with a unique concept the restaurant portrays the cuisine philosophy with austerity and authenticity. The design is simple and elegant to its very core with clean, straight and stark lines that carves out the frame for the perfect spot to dine.
The multi-cuisine restaurant is segregated by an indoor and outdoor dining space. The inner restaurant comprises of 2 inch thick bare brick walls on one side and fabric finished walls on the rear end.
This arrangement helps bring out the rustic and earthy texture that harnesses the warm and gloomy ambience to suit the mood and purpose of the space. The partitions too have been built out of natural materials and the grill that they endorse is custom made for suiting the effect created by the elements working together for exquisite aesthetics.
The Indian restaurant comprises both semi-covered and covered areas that house wooden furnishings and lamps that are specially tailored so that they contribute to the ethnicity of the cuisine. The motifs used for the wall textures and the lamps have been accordingly selected so as to outline the beauty of the elements on which they endure.
One of the most enchanting features of the restaurant is the front, semi-covered area reserved for the multi-cuisine. The front façade extends out into a massive 7516 square feet garden and patio. The roof has been brought together with metal and wooden members that run along the ceiling forming spaces of alternating pergolas.
The pergolas are further guarded with wavy curtains so as to shield the interiors from the harsh sun during the daytime.
The façade is painted with rough unfinished plaster which not only gives it a rustic effect but it also complements the footpath outside leading to the restaurant which is done with river finished granite and slate.
The material usage has been consciously driven by the designer in order to strike a perfect balance of soft, calm and refreshing ambience for the guests at all times of the day.
The indoors stay flooded with a beautiful array of patterns that are created by the play of lights during the day. The shadows that get shaped within the restaurant give the interior spaces a charismatic appeal.
The strokes are neat, radiating and meticulously rendered with sharp straight members encasing the area. At dawn, the restaurant looks simply radiant as it glows with warm lights.
The serenity of the outdoors is experienced inside by the subtle transition of the patio abutting the lily pond thus offering guests with a pleasant view of the garden.
The spaces have been designed in a manner to achieve maximum functionality along with a flawless ambiance so as to give every guest a wholesome experience.