Compiled by TeamIAnD
Photography: Arvind Hoon; courtesy the architect
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Noida’s Sutra is a gastropub with a narrative! Chromed Design Studio carefully weaves this experiential space using a few dollops of intrigue, a pinch of quirk and a liberal helping of heterogenous charm…
‘Eating out’ has multiple connotations: while some seek ambience, some good food, others seek to appease their unconventional food choices, and yet others look for an experience – that ‘something different’!
‘Sutra’ is one such diner that attempts to score on all the above fronts.
Referencing the tale of a fictional explorer – ‘Mariposa Jose’, one encounters a façade of exposed red brick reminiscent of a historic structure complete with a chimney; the edifice depicting seemingly subsequent interventions in wood and metal. A grand stone staircase guides diners inside; the staircase walls adorned with masquerading masks and butterflies, crystal chandelier and pink neon lights with an eerie sign that builds up the drama requesting quiet… sshhh…
A rustic wooden door marks the final entry into the interiors, amidst a wave of excitement and intrigue. In a rush of adrenaline, one steps into an absolutely opposite, unexpected, avant-garde interior – persuasive and vibrant amidst a triple-height central courtyard with a glass roof and huge antique chandeliers suspended from the ceiling.
Diverse seating beckons: A long driftwood community table with casual seating; classic sofas with plush green velvet upholstery; intimate groupings of two’s and four’s; an alfresco area distinguished by wooden pergolas, pebble flooring and cabanas; and an urban amphitheatre. The interior is framed by cast-iron columns and old stone masonry clad walls with curtains and railing that formulate a schema in continuation with the theme.
But the highlight is the imposing bar, set on a raised platform, with its cast-iron railing forged against the tiled bar front, conferring a vintage feel. An installation of foliage and pendant lights screened inside a cast-iron cage makes an arresting backdrop to the bar; whilst the ceiling is framed by a cast-iron jaali flanked by four intricately detailed columns.
Striving to bridge the gap between contemporary and traditional dining styles, the architect attempts to elevate the spatial drama by juxtaposing a seamlessly interactive avant-garde journey sculpted by an eclectic fusion of various design styles. Ample natural light cuts through the volume during the day; and by night, whimsical lighting accentuates its vintage aura.
Client: Sandeep Jaglan
Design Firm: Chromed Design Studio
Principal Designer/Architect: Ar. Abhigyan Neogi
Built-up Area: 19000 sq. ft
Carpet Area: 19000 sq. ft
Location: Sector 18, Noida