A Glasshouse in a Jungle

Hotel Mana | Ranakpur , India

A building that demonstrates regional expression in a global context, Mana Ranakpur uses the material history of the site along with modern construction techniques and structural systems to create a sophisticated narrative. The architecture of the building is intense and bare – boned, with a palette of rubble masonry, glass, steel, and composites. The rubble masonry is an ode to the traditional building techniques of the region. Structural steel is used for its long lifespan, reduced material consumption and relaxed detailing along with local kashia sandstone to span spaces. Rooted in regionality and collective memory, Mana creates, through its architecture, interfaces that are expressed not as mere decoration but as a reflection of time.



Built Up Area

65,000 sqft


Completed in 2013


Sheevam Comfort Hotels Pvt.Ltd.


Akshat Bhatt

Architecture+Design Awards
IIID Anchor Award
The Emerson Cup for Energy Efficiency
JK Architect of the Year Award
Displayed at the London Design Biennal