A custom designed Heritage™ carpet welcomes visitors to the Royal Bombay Yacht Club. Winner of the UNESCO Cultural Heritage Conservation Award for 2013. Architect: Vikas Dilawari.
The Bombay Yacht Club was restored by prominent architect Vikas Dilawari. The residential chambers of the Royal Bombay Yacht Club premises first built to accommodate members and visiting associates and now used for club activities, was opened in 1881. The neo-Gothic style stone building was designed by John Adams. As updates were made in the structure, the premises had lost some of its historicity, says Dilawari.
Bharat Floorings was called upon to recreate the old Minton floor, using a complex design created especially for the site. While a normal Heritage™ floor would be composed of at most 2 or 3 elements, the Yacht Club floor has 6 elements, which gives it a depth and complexity. Prototypes were created over a period of many months, until the floor was a close replica of the original Minton floor.
The project was awarded the 2013 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Award for Cultural Heritage Conservation and chosen out of 47 entries from 16 countries.
The restoration of the Royal Bombay Yacht Club Residential Chambers has renewed a distinguished Neo-Gothic architectural monument and one of the city’s coastal landmarks says the UNESCO citation.