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Old July 22nd, 2007, 01:33 AM   #61
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it looks so cool!!!!!!!!!!can anybody tell the status of construction as of july 2007?
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Old July 22nd, 2007, 01:51 AM   #62
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updates!!
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Old July 22nd, 2007, 02:46 AM   #63
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Nothing official, so I didn't report it here.

One of the SSC India forum members with a pretty good reputation (I'm not going to call him/her out) is friends with one of the people involved in the project.

According to him, the project is very much a go and the foundation is already begun, however owing to the truism in India that, when it comes to skyscrapers, its better for a developer to keep a very, very, very low profile, (case in point: look how Ambani was virtually crucified in the media after he went public with his skyscraper) the developers are not going to go totally public until the building is visibly going up. And due to site location, rather isolated from the main roads, until its several stories up no one is going to notice it.

Anyway, owing to the monsoon construction on the tower, like all skyscraper construction during monsoon season in Mumbai, is put on hold for the next couple months -- which is why its going to be a slow while for Mumbai project updates.


Meanwhile, the architects of this project gave a interview about it at AIArchitect magazine, divulging just how green this building is to be:
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FXFowle is one such international player. They established a representative office in Dubai about a year ago. Peter Weingarten, AIA, FXFowle’s director of international architecture, says many of his clients are interested in the energy-efficient aspects of high-density vertical development. One such project is FXFowle’s India Tower in Mumbai, which uses a solar chimney to generate electricity, provides on-site wastewater reclamation, and is LEED®-Gold certified. Without the current climate of rampant and volatile high-rise development, the silver 85-story tower would be universally recognized as India’s next tallest building, but now, Weingarten says, not even this visionary project can claim the subcontinent with any great certainty.

Weingarten’s vision of India Tower’s transformative potential is emblematic of developers in many emerging nations. “It will have a much more intangible effect than just another big building, and then it will spur more development around it,” he says. “It becomes a magnet and a center, and if enough of these dots start to get created and they start to become connected into a network, you can really start to see some dramatic changes in the landscape of Mumbai and India.”
He was correct... the two tallest approved towers in India are the 100+ storey Signature Tower at Lanco Hills, and the 100+ storey APIIC Financial Tower at Manchirevula -- both in Hyderabad.

There are at least 5 more planned "India's tallest / World's tallest" buildings in India, proposed by developers ranging from Emaar to DLF to Jurong/Springfield Land Corp.


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Old July 22nd, 2007, 03:11 AM   #64
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Bloody fricking hell!! Would you believe it? Just as soon as I posted the above, I just learned that they've officially announced that they started construction on the project!!


Main points:
1. Construction started -- to be completed by 2010
2. They're reporting a total height 301m, but only 60 stories(??!) Fxfowle's website confirms:

3. It is to be named "India Tower"

From WorldArchitectureNews.com:

FXFOWLE Architects' India Tower in Mumbai is under construction
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Greenest Skyscraper in India?

Tuesday 17 Jul 2007

Construction has started on India Tower, a new 60-storey (301 meters) world-class Park Hyatt hotel, retail, and residential tower located in South Mumbai, India. The developer is committed to making India Tower a United States Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Gold-rated project. Construction is expected to be completed in 2010.

India Tower is located in the prestigious South Mumbai coastal area fondly referred to as the Queens Necklace. The tower’s rotated form emerges in response to the 3-acre site (1.2-hectares), the building’s functional requirements, and its mixed-use program that changes with each rotation of the tower. This circulation pattern separates retail, a custom-designed residential-style Park Hyatt hotel and serviced apartments, and long-lease and duplex penthouse condominium apartments.

The design concept for India Tower was informed by Mumbai’s climate, the site, and the desire to create distinctive indoor and outdoor spaces with optimum views, inspirational settings, and personalized contemporary accommodations for all users. Designed to have the least possible impact on the environment, the tower will integrate current innovative sustainable systems and technologies throughout the building – solar shading, natural ventilation, daylighting, rainwater harvesting, and green interior finishes and materials – to make it one of the greenest skyscrapers in India.

India Tower’s 3-story podium will include restaurants and cafés, luxury-brand retail stores, a health/fitness club with a swimming pool, and a nightclub/lounge. When arriving at India Tower, Park Hyatt guests will be directed to the Sky Lobby (levels 30-35) to check-in, then descend to levels 14 through 28 to their hotel residences.

India Tower’s long-lease apartments will be located on levels 38 through 50, and will feature stylish and spacious two-story living spaces that have been specially designed to take full advantage of the expansive views from this height. Levels 52 to 59 of the tower will house one-of-a-kind duplex penthouse condominium apartments with unparalleled panoramic views.
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edit- found the reason for the height discrepancy: Counting from the above,
60 stories open to public (apartments/lobbies/parks/hotel rooms)
8 stories mechanical
6-storey sky-lobby
3 stories basement

That comes out to 74 total above-ground stories.
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Old July 22nd, 2007, 04:01 AM   #65
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Looks like mixe of House on Mosfilmovskaya and City of Capitals in Moscow
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Old July 22nd, 2007, 07:21 PM   #66
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A Greener India

By Joshua S. Hill
Canada Free Press, Canada
Sunday, July 22, 2007

Expected to be finished construction in 2010, and set in the exquisitely named Queens Necklace of the South Mumbai Coast, India, the India Towers will mark a new type of ecological friendly development for the ever expanding Asian country.

Standing at 60 stories – 301 meters – tall, the world-class hotel, retail, and residential tower will be one of the greenest skyscrapers throughout all of India. The tower looks as if someone has half twisted a Rubik cube, and left it half done. This circulation design allows for separation of retail, residential style Park Hyatt hotel, serviced apartments, and long-lease & duplex penthouse condominium apartments.

The design was impacted by the climate, the construction site which sits at 3 acres (1.2 hectares) and ‘the desire to create distinctive indoor and outdoor spaces with optimum views, inspirational settings, and personalized contemporary accommodations for all users.’

Some of the green features of this skyscraper are solar shading and natural ventilation rather than compressed air conditioning. Lighting will be produced using a process known as daylighting; essentially, allowing daylight to filter in throughout the entirety of the building using strategically positioned windows and reflective surfaces. In addition, water for the building will be, at least in part, harvested from rain water.

This new development, which has recently begun construction, is just the next in a long line of greener skyscrapers popping up all across the world. The Urbancactus in Rotterdam which places each apartment out with the sun allowing for a greater chance for plants to grow, the CIS Tower in Manchester England which will be able to provide 10% of its own power thanks to over 7,000 solar panels, and the Bahrain World Trade Center Towers, being built in the Kingdom of Bahrain which will be topped with 3 96-foot propellers providing the tower with 1100 megawatts of power per year are three of the greenest towers in construction at the moment. All are making strides towards increasing the amount of dependency they take off the environment, and diminishing the impact they are making around them.

If you’re looking to find out more about such green skyscrapers, then check out the Skyscraper Museum either online, or in person in NYC.
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Old July 23rd, 2007, 10:01 PM   #67
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Superb!
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Old July 24th, 2007, 02:30 AM   #68
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Mods, can you please change the thread title to "MUMBAI | India Tower | 301m | 74 fl | U/C" please?
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Old July 24th, 2007, 04:14 AM   #69
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It's a very odd design, that's for sure.
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Old July 24th, 2007, 09:09 AM   #70
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Love the design! Great project for Mumbai.
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Old July 24th, 2007, 09:17 AM   #71
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Great design
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Old July 24th, 2007, 09:27 AM   #72
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Very nice! i love it!
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Old July 24th, 2007, 09:53 AM   #73
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Very nice, box-on-box-building.
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Old July 26th, 2007, 01:21 AM   #74
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Nothing special
but it is the best modern building of India so far
India together with China are really booming
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Old July 26th, 2007, 07:16 AM   #75
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Nothing special
True!!
It does look hideous. Seems like some crystaline lego blocks put up by a 3 yr old.
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Old July 26th, 2007, 07:22 AM   #76
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It's one of those "love it or hate it" designs for sure. Mumbai seems to be getting a lot of those...
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Old October 8th, 2007, 04:17 AM   #78
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cool design, nice shape and height.
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Old October 8th, 2007, 06:27 AM   #79
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Any construction photos?
According to one of the members of the India forum who knows someone involved in the project, construction is on, though there's too heavy security and its located too far from public access to see right now. He also reports that he's been told that the height will be 105 stories equivalent, though not all of them liveable.

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Old October 8th, 2007, 07:20 AM   #80
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Weird and ugly.
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