Supertall specialists, Smith + Gill, have penned what will be one of the tallest buildings ever constructed in India, the Imperial Tower.
Set to stand as the tallest building in Mumbai, the scheme will be 400 metres in height with 116 floors. Despite its height the tower will have a mere 76,722 square metres of space giving it an extremely slender look. Within will be 132 new apartments ranging from 195 square metres to an enormous 1,115 square metres in size with each exclusively occupying two entire floors. There will also be a collection of serviced apartments.
As one would expect from the tower it boasts some of the latest engineering and design techniques with the slender shape and small floorplates having necessitated a highly aerodynamic figure designed to cut into the prevailing wind like the bow of a ship on the sea. Vertical fins provide solar cladding whilst recessed areas allow for balconies and sky gardens that are positioned to break up the wind that will circulate around the north and south of the tower, and thus reduce the strains on the structure. These skygardens will be planted with local greenery to help give the high-tech looking building a more Indian background.
One of the big issues in India's burgeoning cities is providing clean and fresh water to the ever-growing population. This building hopes to circumvent this in part through the collection of rainfall that will actually be used as water in the apartments.
It's also hoped that perhaps the tower can provide additional local jobs during construction with the architects having mooted the idea of prefabricated kitchen and bathroom units that can be made in a factory nearby and then brought to the site.
The 400 metre tall tower is being developed by the SD Corporation Pvt. Ltd.