CLIENT deGustibus Hospitality
ARCHITECT Serie Architects
YEAR 2007 – 2009
VISUALS AWA & Fram Petit


Tote is one of Mumbai’s hottest restaurant, bar, and banquet hall destinations. While looking for an inspirational benchmark, we found an image of daylight filtering through dense foliage. The inspiration for the lighting design came from lying on the floor and looking through the beautiful rain trees, then seeing the patterns that developed. Once the vision was clear, we had the creative courage to carry it through the entire process, refining, and tweaking as we developed the design. In the banqueting and indoor restaurant areas, white metal tree-mimicking pillars branch to the ceiling. The lighting strategy in this space is to use the architectural pockets of light to mimic lighting piercing through the foliage of the “trees” into the space. The pattern was rasterized and analyzed through fractal design to develop lighting responses which accurately depict how the light comes through the tree foliage.