Taj Safaris, Panna National Park
Conceived as part of the Tiger Circuit in India, the 'wilderness lodge' is located in Pashan Garh, adjacent to the Panna National Park. The structure emerges as an eclectic mix of rugged, local sandstone architecture on the exterior and warm luminous interiors together imparting a camp-like feel of a tiger safari. The site plan is developed in close coordination with the survey drawings respecting the natural contours, native trees and intrinsic views. A natural depression has been revitalized to a lake serving as a watering hole which successfully attracts wildlife, assists water conservation and provides for a backdrop of cottages and overseeing decks.
The guest areas derive stylistic cues from native temples and Havelis, while the site is chosen on a high ground focussing on a plateau like clearing. A cylindrical tower comprises a dayroom that looms up in the trees while the rectangular proportions of the dining and lounge make for magnificent views of the forest with full height windows. Far end of the deck is marked by a small kiosk.