Sunyata hotel in Chikmagalur promises sustainability and is an authentically unique sustainable hotel which is built using minimal cement and concrete. EBNW Story reports…
In India, there are around 65 million eco-friendly houses and buildings. Eco-friendly buildings are basically a natural shelter made without disturbing the environment. They are in favour of the environment.
In the 21st century, sustainability is becoming the main concern in the travel sector. Sunyata hotel in Chikmagalur promises sustainability and is an authentically unique sustainable hotel which is built using minimal cement and concrete. Going beyond standard luxuries, the hotel offers lavish indulgences. Sunyata hotel is located in land of intrinsic beauty, Karnataka. Spread across 6,000 square feet, the hotel was built a year ago using eco-friendly bricks, water harvest, solar panels and earth tunnels.
Let’s take a look at the construction of this pretty hotel. Years ago, Lokesh, who is a software engineer in Miami, the owner of the hotel bought a plot in Chikmagalur as an investment. Town’s booming tourism led him to build a hotel. He wanted to be unique with his ideas and decided to build a resort which is in favor of environment and eco the friendly in terms of construction.
He says ” I wanted to use materials that were not harmful to the environment. In the future, even if the building is demolished, I wanted to ensure that the materials would become one with the earth again”. His dream project took a final look with the help of Civil engineer Punit Y & Design Firm based in Benglore.
Upholding environmental sustainability, the team made bricks on their own using the soil that was removed to level the ground, as well as gathering soil from locations within a 15-mile radius of his property.
Next to avoid the use of steel supporters that raises the structure, the engineers used load-bearing structures. The working team used coconut shells and pot fillers for the ceiling, which adds aesthetic value to the rooms, and keeps them cooler.
For the cooling part, instead of air conditioning, they chose a natural cooling technique by using PVC pipes which are installed around 10 feet underground. Those PVC pipes act as a coolant for air and keep the room cool. In Sunyata hotel guests are given an unlimited supply of water and only in steel bottles.
For saving water, a 50,000 litter tank is installed underground which stores rainwater and, after filtering, it is served to guests. A well is also constructed on thepremises to store rainwater. The most interesting fact is that even the greywater generated from the bathrooms is not discarded. The hotel installed a system to purify the greywater.
With all the humble services, Sunyata hotel was inaugurated in January 2021. This beautiful restaurant also has a small shop on their premises where guests purchase handmade sustainable products by local artisans.