Circle of Style
Rich in design and detail, the Ottera in bengaluru succeeds in pro viding all the facilities needed by the cor por ate traveller, observes Bindu Go pal Rao.
As you enter the Oterra, you first notice the logo: a circle in two parts – half orange and half maroon, apparent colours of prosperity. Pass through the entrance and you are greeted by a grandiose lobby. A combination of the elements of metal, water, fire and earth, together with cutting-edge technology, creates a powerful visual impact.
Oterra, a name coined from the Latin “terra” meaning ‘of the earth’, seeks to provide guests with a unique and holistic hospitality experience expressed through exacting standards of professionalism and personal care.
This strategically-located luxury five-star business hotel is situated in Bengaluru’s Electronic City on Hosur road. Designed by Thomas Architects & Associates and US interior designers Di Leonardo International, Inc, the décor is contemporary, keeping in mind the corporate traveller.
“We created the Oterra to bring business travel into the 21st century, while drawing on timeless traditions of hospitality. The design seamlessly integrates all the facilities and comforts that today’s executive demands,” says business head Preet Inder Singh.
Rich in design details yet minimal and clean in approach, the building is creatively designed in two blocks – the tower block and the podium block. Joining these two spaces is the circular atrium that forms the lobby area.
The flooring is done using Austrian white marble, Chianto white Italian marble, black galaxy granite, Ipe and Smoked Oak hard wood floors.
A large copper polished ‘O’ mounted on a black granite stand serves as the enterpiece. In fact if you look around, there is an unpretentious reference to the circle everywhere. This area has a large circular black carpet with a crisscross design in white, and there are specially created artifacts with the circle theme.
The furniture here is sourced mainly from Italy. The Pied Piper benches are accessorised with soft cushions. “The Oterra showcases unobtrusive items, increasingly simplified and pared down in accordance with contemporary taste,” adds Singh.
The O-Zone Layer
Adjoining the atrium is the reception area, dominated by a large chunk of lime green onyx set in black granite. Muted lighting and fuss-free accessories add to the “business class” tag of the hotel, while paintings adorn the wall.
Circles of light
These lights in hues of blue and orange are actually made from wood veneer that has been bleached. Look carefully — and you could actually see the slight grains on the white portion.
With 23 of these lights, the reception area is well-lit and the circular motif is carried on to the ceiling as well.
Specially made for the hotel, some accessories have been customised keeping in mind the circle theme. The flower vases also have the chic, modern and minimalist contemporary feel. All the paintings are in an abstract theme by artists like Sheetal Gattani, Hari Ram, Pradip Rakshit and Tapan Ghoshal.
High and mighty
The Lounge Bar is the perfect place to unwind with an array of refreshing beverages. You can relax with some vintage or new world wines (stacked in a floor-to-ceiling rack), enjoy a match and savour carefully-chosen cigars.
Done up with plush leather seating set against a wooden floor, it is perfectly lit with a wrought-iron chandelier in the centre. The beige-coloured tissue curtains with the mustard and rust circles are in keeping with the theme.