The Ananta, a resort in the sand dunes of the Jaisalmer desert in Rajasthan India
Sanjay Puri Architects
Deriving its shapes from the sand dunes of the Jaisalmer desert in Rajasthan India, this resort is planned in an organic layout with low rise structures interspersed with landscaped spaces.
A single perimeter road in the 30-acre site minimizes traffic movement creating 90% of the site as a vehicle free zone.
The public facilities including banqueting facilities, restaurants & games areas occupy the western side of the site close to the entrance point at the north west corner. Each of these structures will be built in shotcrete with undulating volumes that merge into the ground emulating the sand dunes in the vicinity.
The 180 rooms are proposed in units of 4 and 6 rooms in small individual structures with each room opening into gardens or terraces. These occupy the eastern side of the site arranged in organic clusters derived from the layout of traditional Indian villages in the region.
All the structures are designed with interstitial sheltered open spaces to reduce the heat gain in response to the desert climate of the location.
The room structures are proposed in adobe construction making the project sustainable & economical simultaneously in addition to being extremely energy efficient.
The entire project is being planned as a self-sufficient one with solar energy harnessing, rain water harvesting, water recycling & waste management.
This project imbibes the character of traditional Indian villages, takes cues from the sand dunes in the vicinity and is designed in response to the climate making it contextual on multiple fronts simultaneously.
Sanjay Puri Architects are listed in the top 100 architects worldwide by Archdaily. Architizer, New York includes Sanjay Puri Architects in their list of the top 136 design firms worldwide. The firm tops the list of WA Community , UK award winners across the world.
Winning the World Architecture Festival’s Best Housing Project of the Year 2018 in Amsterdam and the World’s best residential building in the LEAF Awards, London, the firm has won over 250 awards including 160 international awards and over 100 National awards.
The firm founded in 1992 has won architectural projects in Spain, Montenegro, Mauritius, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Montreal, Oman and Dallas in addition to projects in 40 Indian cities.
With a firm strength of 72, evolving design solutions that are contextual and creating spaces that revolutionize the way they are experienced form the essence of the firm’s design philosophy.