If there is a decent limit to which you can praise someone without getting overbord, I am approaching it fast enough with Sona, the architect who has designed this restaurant, and who got me hooked on to architectural photography all over again. It wasn’t just because her projects were so obviously delicious looking, but also because she gave me an absolute free rein to shoot and allowed me the space to learn and love as I went along, which takes quite the balls for any client to have.
For long now, the only sensible reaction to most architecture around us would have been mild to furious disappointment as we kept seeing environmentally disastrous and visually repulsive designs all around. The trend is changing though, with more people treating spaces with intelligence and sensitivity; Using locally sourced materials, designing according to the area’s climate instead of blindly copying trends from around the world, putting the experience of the user on top of the priority list- all this and more can be seen in this strangely lovely restaurant in Hyderabad.
Located in one of its poshest areas, Haiku could’ve easily gone all out when it came to opulence, but what stands out surprisingly is its understated elegance. The entire idea of Haiku as a minimalist, graceful but still very quirky place is translated perfectly by Sona in its space. It’s an Asian restaurant, but you won’t find any fire breathing dragons on the walls or bamboo trees around. It has instead been designed to reflect the essence of Asia but with a subtlety that would have made the Japanese proud.
I feel so lucky that I got to ogle at and photograph this place! Also, if any of you happen to be in Hyderabad, the food here is ridiculously good. I just can’t any more!