Unlike the other major structures in Hampi, Lotus Mahal is made out of lime mortar and brick made composition. The shape of the structure is what brought it the name. The archways and the balconies with the domed construction resemble a half opened lotus bud. Also is the lotus bud shape carved on to the center dome. This is a two storied structure with an open base floor. The sidewalls are having tall arched windows. The upper floor has balconies with arched windows. The decorations and architecture is a curious mix of Hindu and Islamic styles. Lotus Mahal's Islamic style arches and the Hindu style multilayer roof and base structure tells us about the ingenuity of the Vijayanagara artisans. The night illumination is a spectacular sight. Undoubtedly this is a very photogenic and one of the most photographed buildings at Hampi. There is a large lawn made around the Lotus Mahal. A catnap on the lawn under the tree shade is allowed!