From monumental façade to gold gilded ribbon staircase, from high arches to artistically adorned colonnades, Baardos La Citta designed by Manav Dangg Revati of STUDIIODANGG exudes the charm of Roman architecture. Located in the capital city, Delhi, this dining venue offers an experience of Roman royalty to visitors. Manav has shared more details about the project with SURFACES REPORTER (SR):
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The unchallenged grandeur of a city that still draws breath, confined to a space that emulates Roman architecture, Bardos Lacitta, a fine dining venue is weaved into the urban fabric of the city- of Delhi, India. The design identity being inconsequential to its surroundings, creates an ecosystem within, to disconnect its users from the outside world.
Inward Looking Domus
With rudimentary elements encompassing the site, the artistic language of this spatial magnificence mimics the inward-looking Domus to avert the user's eye from the crummy view. The nonchalant viewer experiences serenity through this unconventional milieu offering exquisite food, refreshing greenery, a grand waterfall, and natural sunlight, all while being indoors.
Monopolizing the roman ethos, the spatial tapestry at bardos uses the atrium to dictate the view of its dinner. A field of vision that augments the grandiosity of the plaza by adopting artistic interpretations of high arches, columns, mouldings, and colonnades, all embellished with natural sunlight.
Gold Gilded Staircase Wraps The Monumental Facade
The monumental facade is encased by a gilded gold ribbon staircase, an element that feels alien to the prevailing context yet essential to the opulent experience.
The creator's practical tone, restless energy, and organisational mindset are evident with such conflicting elements breaking the monotony of the venue.
Distinct Experiences Throughout the Day
The sheer expanse of Bardos curates numerous experiences through each floor level, a decorated Roman city by the day, radiating with sunlight mutates itself into a spirited comissatio (drinking party) by night. Homogenous features claim the space while the juxtaposition of materials gives its user tactile and visual dynamism. The blend of deeper hues, raw chipped surfaces, and stones with leather finishes almost consumes the space at night, fabricating it to be a perfect canvas for disengaging.
The matrix of the floor transpires into another focal point - a bar that serves exquisite beverages over boulder rocks perfected to be cuboids. The randomness of 80 such stones, outlined with glistening gold metal creates a perfect montage of roman nostalgia.
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Bardos’s design narrative uses the pope as an impressionist element that positions the DJ on a floating bridge, drawing all eyes towards the console, comparable to the “papal’s audience” in Rome. At 24th ft high, this element acts as a datum with a grand waterfall as its backdrop leaving its viewer mesmerised.
The connotation of indoor and outdoor expression flows through the terrace level imitating the elevation of a roman villa having a private backyard. The high tables and intimate cabanas are encompassed in natural vegetation and soothing water bodies adding another dimension to the user experience.
With the colossal influence of roman architecture, a keen eye for craftsmanship, and juxtaposition of material, Bardos lacitta is a modern-day monument in its own right.
Project Name: Baardos La Citta
Architecture Firm: STUDIIODANGG
Architect: Manav Dangg Revati
Photo Credits: Suryan and Dang
Products / Materials / Brands
Glass: Saint Gobain
Sanitary fittings: Jaguar
Air conditioning: Hitachi
Sound: Martin audio
Paint: Asian paint
Furniture: Outdoor Furniture and design world
STUDIIODANGG is an architecture and design firm founded in 2020 by Manav Dang, a proud alumnus of Sushant School of Architecture. It is a one-stop destination for people looking to build and rebuild their dream spaces. Their expertise is in architecture, interiors, furniture design, but most importantly in understanding individual needs, Studiio Dangg will assure the journey from paper to concrete is efficient and seamless. In Manav’s words,” my studio aims to bridge the gap between orthodox building elements with real-time information derived from my site It's looking at the future while preserving the past."