X-posted from my thread in the international forumGateway Towers -- Gujarat International Finance Tec-City, Gandhinagar
India and the Subcontinent's tallest twined towers!
Designed as modern recreation of India's architectural past, mirrored twins of the Gateway Towers is key element in the creating the identity of the city axis of of India's largest greenfield megaproject, the Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT) The mirrored twin Gateway Towers will be the GIFT CBD's second tallest towers and the tallest twins in India.
Before I go on about the Gateway Towers, 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, GIFT is a public-private partnership basically designed to kick Mumbai in the FDI balls and establish itself as a world player. It will 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 Gateway Towers:
Although designed by Shanghai-based ECADI architects, the master planners of many of Shanghai's newest projects, the Gateway Towers were designed to reflect India's architectural past to create a modern day gateway to what will India's most modern city.
The design pays homage to GIFT's bigger brother to the south by replicating Mumbai's landmark "Gateway of India" in a 21st century design:
^ The Gateway of India, Mumbai
While the Gateway of India may be a stellar example of Indo-Saracenic fusion architecture, the proportions of the building are uniquely Indian. The arches, facade and the windows of the Gateway of India take heavy cues from traditional Gujarati and Rajasthani Haveli temple architecture.
ECADI designed the Gateway Towers to the exact arch curvature of Mumbai's gateway, splitting the arch between two buildings. The vertical lines of the buildings reflect the Haveli filigree facade of the original arch and its strong vertical swoosh helps the eye in visualizing the vertical segment of the 'air arch' ceiling. Sometimes less is more and the modern minimalist design brilliantly creates the effect.
^ The gateway formed by the Gateway Towers can clearly be seen
Located on block --(or in GIFT development parlance "Package", in reference to each site being a separate instance of public-private development partnerships)-- "Package C", the towers will command the dominating view of the city's biggest arterial street intersection.
The Gateway Towers will both be commercial in use, with retail at the base of the towers. The top of the towers have glass atriums with observation decks. A third tower of 45 floors is also included in this package which will have a large mall as well as commercial space. The three Package C towers, like all the towers in GIFT, meet high LEED green standards, but to what level is not known.
^ Note the observation deck and atriums with trees
The tower actually went through a major design change from its initial proposal.
^ A view of the old design Gateway Towers in isolation
Like the original GIFT plan, the old designs of the Gateway Towers were far less massive:
^ The location of the old design Diamond Tower to the old GIFT city plan
^ The original design of the Gateway Towers (on right, with the old design of Diamond Tower on left)
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 Gateway Towers being no exception.
^ Another view of the new Gateway Towers
After sifting through tens of proposals by ECADI, the private-public development consortium finally chose the new design of the Gateway Towers. The new tower is significantly taller, with 2 x 70 floors and a 362 meter height as well as a third, 45 floor building. The new towers are bigger in mass and better convey a sense of Mumbai's Gateway of India than the almost airy-looking older design.
^ The new Gateway Towers framing the Diamond Tower from GIFT's main axis
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.
^ The Gateway Towers at center and Diamond Tower, and Crystal Towers
^ Gateway Towers on left, as seen from overlooking Fortune Island
PS: Thanks to the Indian Skyscraper Blog and the many SSC India members for help with the writeup and all the research!