An expert in resort architecture Gautam Bhatia has designed a number of notable heritage resorts using unusual concepts of architecture. Built in forests and as mountain landscapes, they have been featured in design journals for their unique layouts and modernist designs.
A summer retreat in the Kumaon Hills, the Monolith Resort is located on Bhimtal Lake 400 kms. Northeast of Delhi on a four acre steeply terraced site. Its facilities include restaurants, a conference center, sports and recreation, along with a series of landscape layers that seclude the private sections of the resort across the steep hilly ramparts of the site, while the public areas congregate towards the lake. Central to its design is the idea of the stone cottage along the street. Rough-hewn stone walls inside and outside the building supporting pine ceilings and GI sheet roofs. Each displays the elements of a hill house - stone hearths, fireplaces, dormer windows and rooftop verandahs.