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Jungle theme for Jaipur restaurant

Jaipur-based AKFD Studio has designed the Shikaar Bagh at the Narain Niwas Palace, a restaurant that is a modern rendition of the practice of shikaar, or hunting. Inspired by colonial styles, the layout features a tent structure, semi-covered outdoor seating and open-air seating.

A large buffer zone is envisioned as the jungle, and the open-air court recreates the bonding over fires and hearty spirits. The simple interiors are combined with the comforts of the hunting lodges, along with fine cuisine. Though the space would be extensively used in winters, double-louvred windows, thick stone walls and fabric reduce heat gain for summers.

An iron framework and lime-plastered walls make up the structure and celebrate the materials in their natural form. Heavy stone walls are juxtaposed with exposed light metal framework as a modern interpretation of the old construction method.

An earthy color palette of desert greens and gold evokes the jungle theme. Locally-quarried Dholpur tiles, yellow Kota stone and Indian Satvario are extensively used on the exposed surfaces.