daily menu » rate the banner | guess the city | one on oneforums map | privacy policy | DMCA | news magazine | posting guidelines

Go Back   SkyscraperCity > World Development News Forums > Supertalls > Proposed Supertalls



Global Announcement

As a general reminder, please respect others and respect copyrights. Go here to familiarize yourself with our posting policy.


Reply

 
Thread Tools
Old August 6th, 2008, 10:21 AM   #1
Jai
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः
 
Jai's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Haleiwa, Oahu, HI :. Waianae, Oahu, HI :. DETROIT, MI
Posts: 3,703
Likes (Received): 79

GANDHINAGAR | Diamond Tower | 400m | 1312ft | 87 fl | App

The Diamond Tower -- Gujarat International Finance Tec-City, Gandhinagar


India's tallest all-commercial tower!




The Diamond Tower is crowning centerpiece of India's largest greenfield megaproject, the Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT) The 87-floor Diamond Tower will be India's largest commercial tower and is the largest announced tower in the GIFT skyline.



------==--=--==-------

Before I go on about the Diamond Tower, its necessary to give some background on the GIFT project itself:

Located at Gandhinagar, the capital city of the über-industrial Indian state of Gujarat, and nearby the state's commercial capital of Ahmedabad, the Gujarat International Finance Tec-City will be one of the world's largest and most modern financial hubs.

From its already lofty original development goals, GIFT has since grown manifold to literally an entire city's central business district that will be larger than Paris's La Defense, Tokyo's Shinjuku, London's Dockyards and Shanghai's Pudong financial districts. It will house over a million people with millions more commuting there daily.

Well placed between the political and commercial capitals of Gujarat of Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad respectively, GIFT is a public-private partnership basically designed to kick Mumbai in the FDI balls and establish itself as a world player. It is India's first major supertall Central Business District project that is designed to be the focal point of both the world's and India's booming financial services market by providing companies with all those things Mumbai is still developing: comprehensive infrastructure, power, verticalized office space, and a well designed, planned and expandable urban form. Its strong proximity and infrastructure connectivity with Mumbai ensures that mutually beneficial development occurs between the two metros.


^ An overhead view of the new GIFT CBD. Only half the planned buildings are shown in the above rendering.

The scale of GIFT is singularly massive, unparalleled in the world except a handfull of Dubai megaprojects, none of those which can hold a candle to GIFT's goals of economic sustainability, integration and scalability.

Gujarat International Finance Tec-City will have 312 tall buildings — the tallest being the signature Diamond Tower with 87 floors; another 40 buildings with more than 50 floors and many more with 24 plus floors of height. The entire project is not only fully approved but already completely sold out due to insane demand. Construction will begin later this year.

For more information on GIFT as a whole, please check out the GIFT thread in General Urban Developments forum for a summary of the main developments and the GIFT thread in the SSC India forum for more detailed discussions.

------==--=--==-------


OK, now that that's out of the way, here's the lowdown on Diamond Tower:


^ Diamond Tower seen from the view corridor over one of GIFT's many greenbelts

Designed by ECADI architects, the master planners of many of Shanghai's newest projects, Diamond Tower was designed as the centerpiece signature tower that will cap the new GIFT CBD skyline. The tower is called "The Diamond Tower" to mark Gujarat state's eminence as the diamond capital of the world. It takes its design cues from the cut facets of a traditional Indian-cut diamond and is a tip of the hat to the state's diamond industry, which had initially fueled much of Gujarat's industrialization and still remains a huge economic stimulus to the state.


^ A closeup of the Diamond Tower's diamond-like crown

The Diamond Tower is designed to convey both the brightness and shape of the diamond. The various cuts and facets in the tower's shape are designed to reflect and refract the light on the tower similar to a cut diamond, helping it achieve its goal of being one of the world's brightest and most eye-catching towers when it catches the light of the sun.



It is the only tower located on block (or in GIFT development parlance "Package", in reference to each site being a separate instance of public-private development partnerships) "Package D", the only tower package on Fortune Island, which also will have a huge waterfront public green space as well as a museum and convention center. The tower will be accessible by foot by a bridge spanning the river as well as the gamut of GIFT's public transport system.


^ The Diamond Tower and Fortune Island. Seen across the river are the Gateway Towers and Crystal Towers.


The tower actually went through a major design change from its initial proposal.


^ The original, shard-like design of the Diamond Tower

Initially, the tower was far more shard-like and sculpture-esque in its form, and at 80 floors rose significantly higher than the surrounding skyline:




^ The location of the old design Diamond Tower to the old GIFT city plan




^ More views of the old design of the Diamond Tower


However, after the office space of the original GIFT master plan completely sold out less than a week after its opening it was realized that even this huge project severely underestimated the demand for high-quality commercial development in Gujarat. Thus, all the buildings went through a major redesign, scaled upward in both mass and in height -- the signature Diamond Tower being no exception.


^ The new design of the Diamond Tower framed by the new Gateway Towers

After sifting through tens of proposals by ECADI, the private-public development consortium finally chose the new design of the Diamond Tower. The new tower is significantly taller, with 87 floors and a 400 meter height (possibly higher if one counts the crown as a spire.) The impression the tower gives is that of a rock-solid jewel rising over a much more aggressive and massive skyline, rather than the delicate crystal shard complementing an equally visually delicate skyline of the older design plan.


^ The Diamond Tower, Gateway Towers and Crystal Towers


The tower has been completely approved by all governing and oversight bodies and will be constructed in the first phase of the project. Construction is expected to begin later this year, but may be put on hold if more redesigns/upscaling of the project is in the offing.

Cheers,
Jai

PS: Thanks to the Indian Skyscraper Blog and the many SSC India members for help with the writeup and all the research!
__________________

TowerVerre:) liked this post

Last edited by Jai; August 8th, 2008 at 11:46 AM.
Jai no está en línea   Reply With Quote

Sponsored Links
Old August 6th, 2008, 11:13 AM   #2
ZZ-II
I love Skyscrapers
 
ZZ-II's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Near Ingolstadt in Bavaria
Posts: 33,506
Likes (Received): 6528

the old design was better i think, much better
ZZ-II no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old August 6th, 2008, 11:14 AM   #3
buildmilehightower
NANI Luis Almeida Cunha
 
buildmilehightower's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: London
Posts: 3,421
Likes (Received): 240

If the tower was made of ALL DIAMOND at this size, would it cost more than $500 billion? (with enough amount available)
buildmilehightower no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old August 6th, 2008, 11:56 AM   #4
Jai
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः
 
Jai's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Haleiwa, Oahu, HI :. Waianae, Oahu, HI :. DETROIT, MI
Posts: 3,703
Likes (Received): 79

Quote:
Originally Posted by ZZ-II View Post
the old design was better i think, much better
I agree. I wish they'd simply scale up the old design rather than scrapping it altogether.

A reason could be that the deadline for construction is bearing down pretty hard. They redesigned the entire city in only several months, using existing building design proposals modified for the purpose. Perhaps a scaled older design would just have taken too much time to redesign? In my view, the older design was clearly superior, though I've heard this newer design referred to as kind of a modern day Qutab Minar.

A pity though, I'd rather have waited for the better design... but then I'm just an architecture buff, not an investor.

Cheers,
Jai
Jai no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old August 6th, 2008, 12:04 PM   #5
Cliffjumper
http://www.zegnamykdt.pl/
 
Cliffjumper's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 293
Likes (Received): 3

tower is very nice but it could be a little more higher
Cliffjumper no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old August 6th, 2008, 03:57 PM   #6
mbuildings
BANNED
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Montevideo, Uruguay
Posts: 5,211
Likes (Received): 69

I don't like it.....
mbuildings no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old August 6th, 2008, 04:02 PM   #7
Rutger1991
Registered User
 
Rutger1991's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Schiedam
Posts: 1,154
Likes (Received): 19

Nice tower, I liked the first design way better though!!!!!
__________________
Trying is the first step towards failure
Rutger1991 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old August 6th, 2008, 08:23 PM   #8
2TeeBee2
Registered User
 
2TeeBee2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Žilina
Posts: 563
Likes (Received): 0

2TeeBee2 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old August 6th, 2008, 08:34 PM   #9
ImBoredNow
I have no life : (
 
ImBoredNow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Frederick, Vellore
Posts: 1,332
Likes (Received): 192

It looks like a big PENCIL, especially at the top.
The design is unique, but the older design looks more architecturally and aesthetically pleasing.
The new design is not bad however it doesn't quite agree with its surrounding buildings.
The new design seems a bit out of context to its surrounding buildings.
Anyways better than nothing.
It should be renamed the PENCIL Tower, seriously look at it closely!
ImBoredNow no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old August 7th, 2008, 09:11 PM   #10
potipoti
El de los aurones
 
potipoti's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Madrid
Posts: 8,667
Likes (Received): 13265

as i said on the other thread, the project is amazing, i like those towers!!
potipoti no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old August 8th, 2008, 10:16 AM   #11
nemtirev
Free Southern Ossetia
 
nemtirev's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: St.Petersburg/Санкт-Петербу&
Posts: 172
Likes (Received): 1

Future building at first picture is fantastic
nemtirev no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old August 8th, 2008, 08:44 PM   #12
VaastuShastra
BANNED
 
VaastuShastra's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 8,434

I like this new design a lot.

But I wish the old one would get built somewhere too - maybe Hydrabad.
VaastuShastra no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old August 14th, 2008, 06:17 AM   #13
Jai
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः
 
Jai's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Haleiwa, Oahu, HI :. Waianae, Oahu, HI :. DETROIT, MI
Posts: 3,703
Likes (Received): 79

Here's a rendering of the redesigned skyline. Note that only half the forty 50+ floored towers have had their designs locked in and added to this skyline rendering. The other towers will be behind the towers shown below, and the 40-50 smaller 25+ floor towers will ones behind those.


^ The Diamond Tower can clearly be seen occupying the iconic position on Fortune Island in front of the skyline

-Jai
__________________

TowerVerre:) liked this post
Jai no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old August 14th, 2008, 08:10 AM   #14
kazetuner
Perito Mercantil XD
 
kazetuner's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Posts: 1,704
Likes (Received): 38

i dont like it, i think it looks too wide for its height
__________________
my flickr
kazetuner no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old October 26th, 2008, 03:20 PM   #15
The other Dude
Registered User
 
The other Dude's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 266
Likes (Received): 10

still strange but much better than before
__________________
In the beginning the Universe was created.
This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.
The other Dude no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old October 26th, 2008, 08:53 PM   #16
scorpiogenius
K e e p W a l k i n g
 
scorpiogenius's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Trivandrum/ Brisbane
Posts: 2,601
Likes (Received): 351

So many solid proposals for supertall construction in India! The race seems to be on...This will probably be the tallest building in India, just beating the DB Tower in Mumbai.
__________________
www.scorpiogenius.com
Twitter
scorpiogenius no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old October 27th, 2008, 12:13 AM   #17
Eric Offereins
The only way is up
 
Eric Offereins's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Rotterdam
Posts: 68,681
Likes (Received): 28222

The tower looks ok, but the top is just not my taste.

Why do I see copies of CCTV.
Eric Offereins está en línea ahora   Reply With Quote
Old October 27th, 2008, 06:47 AM   #18
briker
BANNED
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Cape of No Hope
Posts: 4,127
Likes (Received): 90

Very interesting top. Perhaps the shaft could be toned down a bit. Overall, I'm amazed at the whole new city project. It's spectacular!
briker no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old October 28th, 2008, 03:11 PM   #19
jayo
Registered User
 
jayo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: The World
Posts: 886
Likes (Received): 2

Holy jesus!
__________________
london
jayo no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old October 28th, 2008, 03:19 PM   #20
Elite
.:...:.||=||.:..:.
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Gold Coast
Posts: 262
Likes (Received): 5

I like it
__________________
If you can't learn to do something well.
Then enjoy doing it poorly.
Elite no está en línea   Reply With Quote


Reply

Tags
gujarat, india, international

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Related topics on SkyscraperCity


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 07:07 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Feedback Buttons provided by Advanced Post Thanks / Like (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

SkyscraperCity ☆ In Urbanity We trust ☆ about us | privacy policy | DMCA policy

Hosted by Blacksun, dedicated to this site too!
Forum server management by DaiTengu