This 200 year old courthouse has been converted into a modern art deco hotel
Imagine stepping into a hotel with a history that spans over two centuries. Initially built as a courthouse, it was then converted into bank and later a souk for tea and spices. T
his is what it feels like at Ayana Fort Kochi, a 16-room boutique getaway centrally located in Fort Kochi. In its new avatar as a retreat, the edifice provides shelter to weary travellers post their excursions to nearby areas. The interiors were given a new lease of life under the supervision of Kavita Premnarayan, Design Director of Ayana Hospitality and the exterior face-lift was the labour of Bengaluru based architect Amitha Madan of Infinity Design Corp.
While the space might be heavily influenced by the art deco style, it also reflects a heady mix of “old Indian” sensibilities. “I wanted this project to stand out in terms of design and to feel a little more luxurious while retaining its “Indianness”,” explains Kavita. Most of the furniture and artworks were sourced from local antique shops, including the 7 ft tall stacked diya in the lobby. A black and white chequered floor follows you throughout – right from the reception all the way to the rooms. Artworks by renowned and upcoming creatives such as T Vaikuntam and Sakti Burman adorn the walls at Ayana Fort Kochi, an extension of the philosophy it embodies, of encouraging native talent. Website: www.ayanahospitality.com