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Old May 7th, 2007, 04:04 AM   #1
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MUMBAI | The Imperial Towers | 254m x 2 | 61 fl x 2 | Com



Mumbai's first major skyscraper project, and really, the project that can be heralded to have paved the way for the boom, Shapoorji Pallonji & Co Ltd./SD Corporation's twin Imperial Towers, designed by Mumbai architect Hafeez Contractor as his most recognizable project, was designed as Mumbai's tallest towers.

Then called "SD Towers" or "Tardeo Twin Towers", the years long litigation and hard-won battle for construction rights was the change that heralded the 'new India' economic boom model of urban redevelopment over the paralyzing nexus of 'old India' socialists and special-interest groups that for years had kept Mumbai underdeveloped.

The towers are built on former slum land where the current re-development model of builders providing free land and rehabilitation to slum dwellers in exchange for rights for property development, was first put into practice on a big scale. This model became the standard for slum redevelopment across the city, and across India as a whole.

The towers are ultra-high end residential towers that sold out even before the first brick was laid. The Imperial offers sea-views by virtue of its height, and a resort-like gardens and fountains on top of the parking-structure podium, with hanging gardens that mask the structure itself.



While shortly into its construction, it lost the "India's tallest" tag to Lodha Bellissimo (though only in the comparison of roof height vs. highest liveable floor, like Sears Towers did to Petronas), which in turn lost its claim several times over with announcements of new towers, the towers are the farthest along in construction of all of Mumbai's capital projects, and its unfinished frames dominate the Parel region.



While construction hasn't yet progressed so it is noticible, it is surrounded by several 45-55 storey residential towers, creating Mumbai's first skyscraper cluster. Though a temporary stay has been put on construction owing to some legal matters, it is expected to be finished by 2009.



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Old May 7th, 2007, 05:57 AM   #2
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mumbai is certainly moving up in the world skyscraper wise. Good stuff!
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Old May 7th, 2007, 02:59 PM   #3
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Cool stuff.

What the latest on these towers?

How tall are they currently and when will construction finish?
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Old May 8th, 2007, 10:36 AM   #4
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Nice towers, Mumbai is definitely moving up architecture-wise.
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Old May 14th, 2007, 09:54 AM   #5
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Here's a week-old construction pic
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Old August 30th, 2007, 07:50 AM   #6
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Hi all

Here's a higher-res version of the rendering:



And some construction updates on the towers...

First, this photo from Humayunn:


And some from BBC's program "India With Sanjeev Bhasker":








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Old November 1st, 2007, 02:07 AM   #7
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Some more construction updates from Humayunn Peerzaada:





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Old December 26th, 2007, 09:40 AM   #8
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A construction update, copyright mfitch




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Looks nice!
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Old December 26th, 2007, 03:50 PM   #10
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wow, the first is almost topped out already
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Old December 27th, 2007, 12:19 AM   #11
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The first is not nice, its leaving the other behind.

Nice project though!
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Old December 27th, 2007, 12:53 PM   #12
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Just wanted to add in that since more than a week, the tower cranes from the first one have been dismantled and hopefully the steel work for the second one shall commence.
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sorry i meant the first one.
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Interesting, quite good looking. Definitely great for Mumbai! The top kinda reminds me of Chrysler Building
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It looks old an outdated. Probably suits the rest of the city though.
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Old December 28th, 2007, 02:37 PM   #16
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very good skyline!!
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WOW The skyline pictures are just amazing!!!
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Any new pictures from Imperial Towers, Jai?
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Old April 21st, 2008, 10:25 AM   #19
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There is no doubt that this is one of the most anticipated projects by Mumbai Skyline lovers.
nevertheless i have doubts regarding its final looks, reason for that.. the Air Conditioning slots given in those beautiful windows, which will ruin the look of the buildings once occupied by the residents. Thats the problem with most Mumbai highrises which r infected by these ghastly AC boxes, almost akin to warts on a beautiful girls face.
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The towers are nearly topped out

photo copyright Bishal



Also member IndiansUnite got in contact with Shapoorji Pallonji and was told that the aluminum cladding shown in the renderings will begin in 6-8 months.

This will give it a facade similar to the DSK Durgamata building in Worli, as seen in these photographs. Note that they are HDRs, so the coloring is a bit off in the photos.

photos copyright Humayunn N A Peerzaada
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