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Old January 26th, 2008, 01:36 AM   #1
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MUMBAI | Raheja Platinum | +200m | ? fl | Prep

Mumbai's skyscraper boom has almost entirely consisted of residential highrise development. The reasons for these are many, but namely because residential skyscrapers, especially with integrated retail, hospitality, and anemities, produce far less strain on infrastructure than their purely commercial counterparts, whose workers would all need to commute to the tower every day. Secondly, for the longest time, India's banking, service, R&D and IT companies preferred glassy, sprawling lowrise campuses -- more of a college campus look and feel -- than towers.

With infrastructure redevelopment now likewise booming in Mumbai, coupled with a change in corporate culture, the future landmark skyscraper projects proposed in Mumbai are increasingly commercial in nature. Leading this change from the front is one of Mumbai's largest real estate developers, K Raheja Universal, who are actively promoting commercial skyscraper construction as a necessity for Mumbai, and the only way to halt sprawl.

For the last couple years, their company has talked about a "landmark" purely commercial skyscraper that will break the mental/cultural dam holding back corporate skyscraper construction in Mumbai. They called this development "Raheja Platinum".

Designed by JP Parekh & Son architects, conceivably on retainer with Raheja Universal, Raheja Platinum was initially proposed last year with a modest -- but still groundbreaking, in terms of commercial highrise construction in Mumbai -- height of 40 floors:

^ Initial rendering from 2007

But with a slew of commercial supertall construction announced in a number major Indian metros outside of Mumbai, and in the Raheja Universial company habit of suddenly upscaling their projects in height and design right before groundbreaking, Raheja Platinum was redesigned to almost double its height to 80 stories:

^ Finalized rendering just announced

Raheja Platinum is the flagship of Raheja Universal's commercial skyscraper blitz in Mumbai, with the following commerical, or residential-commerical developments in Mumbai:

Raheja Infocity I:


Raheja Metroplex:


Raheja Solaris:


Raheja Legend


Raheja Xenon:


Raheja Iridium:



All are designed to be corporate skyscrapers catering to IT/ITES companies, with the exception of Raheja Solaris and Legend, which are mixed-use developments.

These are all in the proposal stage, but according to an interview with Reality Plus magazine, these projects are to be "initiated" this year, whatever that means. However, if their other residential projects similarly "initiated" in 2006 are any indication, construction will start within a year.

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Old January 26th, 2008, 02:16 AM   #2
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Nice!

The Indian office and hotel skyscrapers look so much better than the residential ones.
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Old January 26th, 2008, 02:32 AM   #3
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Great looking buildings... Do you have a link to the source? Project link?
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Old January 26th, 2008, 12:01 PM   #4
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renders look good!! do you know the height for those buildings??
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Old January 27th, 2008, 12:26 PM   #5
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Do you have a link to the source? Project link?
Try google, it's easy: K Raheja Universal.
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Old January 27th, 2008, 07:45 PM   #6
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thank you.
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Old January 29th, 2008, 11:22 PM   #7
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nice development there. Bombay needs it.
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Old January 30th, 2008, 01:16 AM   #8
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very nice project!!!
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Old January 30th, 2008, 01:19 AM   #9
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are u just going to post the same thing over and over
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Old January 30th, 2008, 03:14 AM   #10
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i don't get it, which one is the actual supertall?
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Old January 30th, 2008, 11:22 PM   #11
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the 2nd pic
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Old January 31st, 2008, 01:57 AM   #12
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she's a beaut...but i have my doubts as to whether or not it'll actually get constructed.
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Old March 22nd, 2008, 01:17 AM   #13
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Why is that? Raheja Builders have delivered on all their proposals to date
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Old March 22nd, 2008, 07:12 AM   #14
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wow incredible project i like the raheja xenon the best
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looks interesting
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For what it's worth, here's a much larger rendering of the old version of this tower -- credit to forumer Indiansunite:


Unfortunately, I can't find any larger drawings or renderings of the new (80 floor) design. From the image we do have, it's safe to assume that the glass facade and crown is nearly identical, with only small changes at the base of the tower.

The old design of Platinum seems to be of nearly identical footprint, width, and general shape to the new tower, only differing in scale.

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the old version was really great!!
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Nice, a new supertall!
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The new design is better I think. Mumbai's skyline will look great in the future
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Yup, just like I called it, the tower was redesigned YET AGAIN



It has now been scaled upwards to 85 floors, and we now know its location to be Upper Worli. This will add yet another supertall to the Worli focus of the Mumbai skyline.

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