As New Delhi’s oldest five star property, the Hyatt Regency Delhi has consistently set the benchmark for the hospitality industry in India’s National Capital Region (NCR). The hotel’s impressive landmark structure in native sandstone was inspired by the Golden Age of the Gupta period. A fine confluence of traditional hospitality and modernity, Hyatt Regency Delhi stands out for its accessibility, aesthetic interiors and ambience.
Today, when you walk into the majestic Oval Room at The Mansion, your eyes will undoubtedly stop at the striking bronze shimmered glass panels enveloping this beautiful architecture. Hyatt Regency Delhi’s Oval Room at The Mansion is a dynamic event space designed to host conferences, seminars, weddings and corporate meetings. The high ceiling is adorned with contemporary fiber optic chandeliers and mood lighting, making it one of the capital’s most intriguing spaces.
The Oval Room at The Mansion in Hyatt Regency Delhi was conceived as the city’s uber luxury event destination. Spread over 1,400 square meters, the pillar free space, with its live kitchen set up, offers thrilling theatrical experiences. Located in the courtyard overlooking the hotel’s main structure, The Oval Room had to be designed to make a compelling statement using the finest materials. We were tasked with procuring the materials and processing the glass for the 3.8 metre all stylish glass wall that is embellished with bronze mesh, creating a truly magnificent atmosphere in the room.
Renowned architects and designers from around the world and India came together to create The Oval Room. Architects from Bauer Latoza Studio (Chicago) set about designing a grand space that would be enveloped with something unique, standing out from the ordinary.
The key challenges were to:
After a lengthy and painstaking selection process, Mandarin a woven bronze metal fabric was selected from GKD Gebr Kufferath AG based in Germany. The small opening size of 37% did a wonderful job of diffusing direct sunlight by 65% while maintaining relatively high light transmission. The depth also created a beautiful three dimensional effect, giving the facade the dynamism that it was originally conceptualized with. This mesh now needed to be protected within a laminated glass assembly for longevity and ease of maintenance.
Ordinary clear glass has an intrinsic subtle green tint that would blight Mandarin’s natural bronze sheen. To counter this, we selected low iron ultra clear glass to effectively preserve its appearance. Vitro Architecture's (formerly PPG, USA) Starphire® ultra clear glass was finally chosen for its enhanced thermal comfort and lower U values. The focus now shifted to finalizing the glass and interlayer specifications. With a wire diameter of 3 x 0.50 mm for the cables and 0.50 mm for the rods, the total mesh thickness was calculated at 1.30 mm. After much deliberation, a 0.89 mm SentryGlas® interlayer was approved on either side of the mesh and two 8 mm heat strengthened low iron glass lites were selected to bond this assembly due to the very tall height requirement of 3.80 meters.
Production commenced at our UAE facility where every step of the manufacturing process was carefully monitored to ensure that quality levels were maintained. We carried out significant stability and water penetration tests to ensure that each panel met the highest quality standards. The units were assembled and shipped in final form to the hotel site from Dubai port and erected on a massive steel fabricated structure. Impressively, the entire structure was completed as per the expected timelines and the result today stands as one of India’s landmark architectural statements.