is a former British cantonment, a pensioner's paradise and the fastest growing
city in India
today. The colonial influence is strong and could be felt until recently. There
also exists a rich tradition of vernacular architecture, British bungalows and
grand palaces. Amid all this, on 18 acres of property in the heart of the
city, existed a motley group of buildings called the Westend Hotel.
Our task was to establish a
unifying style for the restoration and renovation of the existing buildings and
further expansion of public and guestroom areas. The oldest building of the
site was built in 1887 by Mr. & Mrs. Bronson, and major additions were
constructed in 1905. These blocks are among the best examples of the
"Bangalore Gothic" styles of architecture; the salient features being
the multi-planed tiled roofs, gables, dormers, monkey-tops, trellis work and
intricately carved fascias.