Hotel KLG International in Sector 43, Chandigarh, used to be an old 28-bedroom property abutting a major transit node, facilitating mostly business travellers in the tricity region. Over the years, the property changed many hands and fell into a state of disrepair, barely holding itself together over crumbling infrastructure. Our client acquired the same in 2019 and looked to revamp the entire property, and embark on a branding overhaul to boot. The real challenge was to operate within the stringent facade control advocated by Chandigarh bye laws for commercial built stretches, wherein which we could only work on the built from the inside-out. We started by heroing the staircase volume, relocating it to the center and wrapping all the functions of the hotel around it. From the volumetric end, we punctured the core of the property and created staggering skylights down till the first staircase landing. The low ceiling of the banquet was opened up by giving coffered uplit recesses. The hotel part was suitably revamped in zen tones of oak and white, extending right up to stately monochrome bathrooms. For the f&b areas, two distinct identities were created, both for the breakfast lounge and the restaurant, which was now to be serviced by the pan-India brand, Moti Mahal. Addressing the public nature of both these spaces, burnt brick (abundantly in use on the facade) was brought into the interior and re-imagined with contemporary tones. The bar in Moti Mahal received a lot more love by way of a light fixture that does double-duty as a stemware shelf. The entire property is spun together with minimal, very intricate elements like woven cane jaalis, herringbone patterns, brass touches and black granite finishing that find resonance at different amplifications in different areas.