07 Oct, 2008 - It is now known that DB Tower is the redesigned India tower!!
Please see this project update post for the latest info.
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Remember the 75 floor (or 100+ floor when you count service floors) India Tower, being built by Neelkamal Realtors in association with Park Hyatt at Marine Lines, Mumbai?:
^ India Tower = old and busted?
What I didn’t tell you about was the mysterious second plot next to India Tower’s, also owned by Neelkamal, which also underwent site preparation. Well, a couple weeks ago the tower to be built on this adjacent plot was finally unveiled…
To be built by Dynamix-Balwas group, Neelkamal’s parent company, the 260m, 64 floor Dynamic-Balwas Tower:
^ DB Tower = new hotness
For more information, and a large collection of hi-res pictures of this awesome project originally posted by me on Skyscrapercity.com, read on!…
Some information on the tower from the developer’s website:
* Fitness Centre
* Power Back-up For Common AreasInternal Amenities
* Earthquake Resistant Structure
* Built – To – Suit Options Available
* 4m. Floor To Floor Ceiling Heigh
* Façade With Structural Glazing/cladding
* Flat Slab Construction
* Wide Column Spacing
* Large Floor Plates
* Broadband Connectivity
* Telephone Connections Of All Networks Possible
* High Speed Elevator
* Ample Car Parking
* Provision For Air Cooled VRV System, in Separate Room On Each Floor
* Smoke Detectors
* Fire Alarm System
* Sprinkler System
While only one rendering of this tower has been released, and no word of architect yet, this second tower is an all-residential building. It will occupy a prime waterfront location on Marine Lines, located off Marine Drive on the “Queens Necklace” and Chowpati beach next to India Tower.
^ A rendering of India Tower looking south toward historic Mumbai. DB Tower will come up beside it.
Both towers are coming up on former chawl land right next to Mumbai’s historic districts, somewhat isolating them from the growing Wori-Tadeo-Parel cluster, making DB and India Tower probably the most visible skyscrapers in Mumbai.
^ A slightly larger, if granier, view of the rendering scanned from an advertisement about the tower. Note that the buildings foreground are just some graphics for the ad, and aren’t there in real life.
I initially expressed reservation that the massive India Tower coming up would wholly overpower and literally overshadow the historic pre-colonial, colonial and art deco buildings. But now, seeing that Dynamix-Balwas Tower will come up next to it, and by the fact that both these towers will replace non-conservation-worthy infill, I now think that the shorter height of DB Tower will add girth to the small cluster, allowing it to look much less as an skyscraper aberration and more of a fascinating architectural juxtaposition of historic, colonial, post colonial and now modern Indian architecture.