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Naga Towers, Block Package O, Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT), Gandhinagar, India
…a stunning modern take on a traditional Indian architectural theme
Described as the “Guardians of the City”, the 54-story Nāga Towers, designed as a modern Indian architectural interpretation the cherished Indian cultural symbol of the Nāga (snake) and is is just one of the many towers coming up in India’s largest greenfield megaproject, the Gujarat International Finance Tech-City .

^ The stunning Naga Towers. All pics in this article courtesy ECADI Architects and GIFT

As fitting a tower designed to push the boundaries of futurist Indian architecture, great care and thought has been put into the symbolism and design of these commercial towers as in India’s traditional architecture. It will be among the tallest and most striking towers in GIFT’s 80+ skyscraper skyline.

^ Snakes!!
^^ On a tower!!!!!!!

… for lots more more information on the project, including renderings and prerenderings of the towers, read on!

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IGI’s new domestic terminal dubbed T1D is all set to start operating on April 14. Designed by the prolific architect Hafeez Contractor, the new terminal has almost double the space of the 70 year old terminal 1B. Once Terminal 3 is thrown open in April 2010, T1D will cater solely to Low Cost Carriers. The terminal has 8 entry gates, 72 check-in counters and 16 security channels. Apart from those, the spanking new terminal will have a retail bazaar, a smoking room, a baby care room, wi-fi services, kids playing area and an entertainment zone among other things.

Some stats from an article in TOI:

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IU’s back

I’m back folks and my new posts will now be in a different format. Instead of posting weekly infra updates that take a long time to compile, I’ll be posting new posts on-the-go for each project. This will save me some time and make more (read:every little piece of) information available for each project to you.

Cheers
IU

GOD.
DAMMIT.


^ *sigh*


So… remember how a few months ago I posted about how the Indian Skyscraper Blog had made its triumphant march back into the land of the living??? (*hint*: scroll down the page)


Well f@$% me.

Yeah, sorry guys and gals. Once again I’m totally and completely overcome by busyness and this blog, after lurching gloriously forward for a week, has once again fallen flat on its face.

I’m sorry I’m sorry, I really am. But I just can’t find the time to update the blog as often as I should…

And dammit, its not that there’s NOT been any jawdropping news in Indian urbanism since that fateful post either, like….

  • A whole slew of awesome “tallest buildings” announced
  • A metric crapton(ne) of amazing architecture
  • A veritable grip of new airports
  • New metro and subway lines up the friggin ass
  • ETC*sob*

I hate that this blog is just sitting here looking pretty (though pretty damn sexy, if you ask me, in any case) while all this is going on...

So I’m open to anyone’s suggestions on how I can kick-start this blog!


Are there aspiring writers/bloggers/architecture-freaks out there who want in this exclusive and hoity-toity club?

Any fans who wanna help out?

Please drop me a note as a comment in this message, or email me at
indianskyscraperblog (at) yahoo (dot) com!

ISB NEEDS YOU!

-Felonious Vindaloo

PS: In the meantime, check out Skyscrapercity.com’s India Forum for your skyscraper ka phix

Block Package E, Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT), Gandhinagar, India
…One of the many world-class commercial skyscrapers gracing the GIFT skyline!

This yet-to-be-formally-named commercial project, currently known by its Block Package designation, is just one of the many towers coming up in India’s largest greenfield megaproject, the Gujarat International Finance Tech-City. At 65 and 2 x 60 floors, the three towers in Block Package E will be amongst the tallest in the upcoming 80+ skyscraper skyline.


^ The handsome mixed-use proposal for GIFT’s Block E.
All pics in this article courtesy ECADI Architects and GIFT

… for lots more more information on the project, including renderings and prerenderings of the towers, read on!

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Diamond Tower, Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT), Gandhinagar, India
…India’s tallest commercial tower, and the crowning masterpiece of India’s future financial metropolis!

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


^ A beautifully faceted showpiece supertall, the Diamond Tower on the Gift Waterfront. All pics in this article courtesy ECADI Architects and GIFT

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.

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OK, now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about the majestic Diamond Tower 🙂

… for tons more more information, renderings, details and images of the other proposed designs to GIFT and the tower, read on!

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Raheja Platinum, Upper Worli, Mumbai, India
…In the running for the title of the Tallest Tower in Mumbai!

What may very well be Mumbai’s tallest known tower, and one of India’s tallest commercial towers had been announced by K Raheja Universal Builders!

The 85 floor (!) nearly 300m tall signature Raheja Platinum skyscraper is the one of those towers that aims that will break the mental/cultural dam holding back corporate skyscraper construction in Mumbai.


^ Standing (very) tall at 85 stories, Raheja Platinum
Pic courtesy K Raheja Universal

Located in Upper Worli (aka Lower Parel), Raheja Platinum will rub shoulders with a slew of supertalls and skyscrapers that represent the transformation of old textile mill land to worldclass real estate.

For more information, location maps and renderings of the other proposed designs to the tower, read on!

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Ahuja Towers, Worli, Mumbai, India
… aka the 54 story tower that says Worli just won’t quit

Yup, that’s two Worli skyscraper posts in a row. Why? Only cause Mumbai’s Worli neighborhood is one of the most happening places in India for skyscraper construction!

Ahuja Towers, claims developer, Ahuja Group via lead architects P&T Group, Singapore, aims to be “one of the tallest residential buildings in Mumbai!” They’re not kidding, either. The project comprises two adjoining towers of 20,000 sq. m that I estimate will be just shy of 200m tall, which will complement the other 200m+ buildings coming up in the area.


^ Ahuja Towers
Pic courtesy P&T Group and Atelier ADT architects

The project features a 10-story carpark with a pool and amenities on top, extensive greenery and has its first condo starting on the 14th floor, guaranteeing spectacular panoramic views of Mumbai and the Indian Ocean.

For more information and renderings of the other proposed designs to the tower, read on!

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RNA 360, Worli, Mumbai, India
… Another interesting twist to the growing Woli neighborhood skyline

Bo why does a measly 30 story building warrant its own mention?

Because RNA Builders‘s proposed RNA 360 may be one of the coolest little towers coming up in Mumbai!


^ RNA 360, in all its pre-rendered glory
Pic courtesy RNA Builders

About several months ago, a very unique-looking tower appeared on Mumbai Property Exchange. No information was given on builder, location or architect. This was then posted in Skyscrapercity’s Mumbai Project Update thread. The rendering showed a 30 floor tower whose design appears to be a natural extension to the organic “plant stalk” design trend in new Mumbai buildings (probably most visibly exemplified by Indiabulls’s Jupiter Mills Tower in nearby Parel.)


^ Big-brother Stalky, Jupiter Mills Tower (left), also coming up in Mumbai
Pic courtesy FXFowle and Indiabulls

After RNA Builders updated their website, it was revealed that they were the builders behind the project, and that it was (apty) called RNA 360, presumably for the 360 degree view of the Indian Ocean and Mumbai skyline it will afford its tenants.

For more information, about this project read on!…

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Ariisto Heaven, Mulund (West), Mumbai, India
… Mulund, Mumbai wakes up to a skyline!

Although rather low key compared to some of the other property developers in Mumbai, Ariisto Developers is undertaking the largest ever proposed project in Mumbai’s Mulund neighborhood, and one of the largest single projects in Mumbai.

The project consists of 14 towers of over 40 stories each (including podiums) all clustered together…


^ One tower 45 floor, four towers of 40 floors each…

^ Five towers of 40 floors each…

^ and four more towers of 40 floors each
All pics courtesy Ariisto Developers

While the Mulund area is no stranger to highrises, these towers coming up together will add a significant amount of girth to the skyline, and will feature one of Mulund’s tallest buildings, at 45 floors high. Comprising a total of at least 14 towers and an unspecified number of lowrise buildings, Ariisto Heaven comprises 8,000,000 sq ft and represents a $750 million investment.

For more information on this township, including more renderings, read on!…

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Trump Tower Bangalore (aka Bangalore 47),
Residency Road,
Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
… Bangalore’s tallest approved tower, and the first of what is planned to be Donald Trump’s great foray into the Indian real estate market

Bangaluru (aka Bangalore)’s tallest approved tower was announced recently, the 47-floor Trump Tower, apparently also aptly named Bangalore 47.

The project, the latest in Bangalore’s sudden urge to build sky high, marks the New York based realty tycoon’s foray into the Indian market. Trump apparently has ‘big plans’ for India, where his buildings will come up in several of the major cities there.


^ Trump Tower Bangalore‘s probable design
Pic courtesy Livemint

The tower will have residential 7,000 sq ft condos and 9,000 sq ft penthouses with sky gardens starting up from the 25th floor and the building will also have a signature Trump restaurant, Trump Spa and a health club. Plans currently call for 16 condos and 3 penthouses.


^ Trump to Bangalore’s skyline: “You’re higher-ed!”
LOL! Get it? Ah. I kill me.

While apparently not having a major financial stake in the project, the tower will be trump branded and conceived. Trump roped in a number of local firms for the project, such as Synergy Property Development Services Pvt. Ltd who will manage project development, Asipac Projects Ltd, the marketing, and Thomas Associates (no website found) who are the design architects. They are apparently subject to strict confidentiality agreements, which likely is why any mention of the project can’t be found on their websites.

According to articles, the tower will be unveiled this december, with construction to start soon thereafter.

For more information on this tower, including articles and renderings, read on!…

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Oberoi Skyz, Worli, Mumbai, India
… possibly Mumbai’s tallest twin tower and once Mumbai’s tallest u/c tower projects

Oberoi Skyz by Oberoi Constructions is one of the first skyscrapers proposed for the now growing Worli skyine.

Touted as a super-lux development, Oberoi Constructions apparently didn’t even deign to advertise, but instead targeted über-rich individual clients including Indian sports stars, industry tycoons and A-list Bollywood celebs.


^ The Oberoi Skyz twin residential towers
Pic courtesy ConstructionWorld and Oberoi Constructions

In contrast to many of the unique architectural gems coming up in Mumbai, Oberoi Skyz is decidedly run-of-the-mill. Comprising two towers of 65 floors, each with one unit per floor, the towers are located smack dab in the middle of Mumbai’s Worli neighborhood’s bourgening skyline where it will rub shoulders with equally tall towers and even taller supertalls.

So while the architecture of the 65-story twin towers (50 stories + 15 floor podium) is nothing special, this was not always the case. Skyz it was one of the first towers in Mumbai whose developers thought tall. The project was originally supposed to be a massive “rocket-shaped” tower 90 stories/345 meters tall, but were denied clearance because they would interfere with a nearby TV tower.

Thankfully, that era of thinking in Mumbai is coming to a close, with even taller towers having since been approved in virtually the same area as Oberoi Skyz. So you can say that this tower was either proposed too soon and was thus shortened, or the legal wrangling surrounding this tower’s approval paved the way for other, taller projects.

For more information on this tower, including articles and renderings, read on!…

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DB Tower, Marine Lines, Mumbai, India
…In the running for Mumbai’s tallest tower title, and an awesome redesign
to an already awesome design (you see where we’re going with this?)

(an project update as of 07 Oct, 08!)

Yeah… I’m man enough to admit it…

HOLY CRAP WERE WE WRONG!

Remember our post detailing a brand spaking new tower to be built alongside Mumbai’s tallest tower proposal, India Tower, and how we went on about how cool that was?


^ Yeah, OK, I get it. Jeez.

Well, whoops, here’s the real scoop, also cool but also somewhat disappointing. wait for it… wait for it…

India Tower and Dynamix-Balwas Tower (DB Tower) are one and the same!

Yup! One of India and the World’s greenest towers has changed in name and design! Rotating-Blocky India tower is officially redesigned and rebadged as DB Tower, the flagship project of DB Realty. In our defense, until fairly recently the all information that had been made public has been confused and contradictory.


^ DB Tower = new India Tower = new hotness.
Image courtesy MQA Architects.

The finalized design will be huge — at 75 stories of residential and untold more in lobbies, sky lobbies and utility floors, and boasting a height and crown that will push this supertall to over 400 meters! Like its India Tower precursor, it will be of mixed (residential + hotel) use. Construction will soon commence with an aim for completion by 2011.

Indeed the DB Tower, like the erstwhile India tower, is still going to be LEED Platinum certified, and is designed by the same architects, Fox and Fowle (FXFOWLE).

For more information, including articles, floor plans and site pics, read on!…

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WE’RE BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


^ The ISB triumphantly returns!

Hi everybody!

Hooray! Huzzah! It’s official!

We at the Indian Skyscraper Blog (well me, at least) are officially back!

Yeah yeah.. I let the blog go to shit over the last couple months. Broken images, confused tables, screwed up formatting, broken dreams and shattered lives. Posts woefully out of date. Massively important news stories and updates missing and unreported. It was a tragedy, indeed.

But the times, they’re a-changin’!

Not only have a turned it around like a master deejay, but starting today, I am going to update the hell out of this blog, with new posts, content and images.

I promised it before, and I will again, soon, hopefully, I can scrounge the time to migrate this blog to its own domain. But before that, I need to bring this blog back up to date.

In addition to posts about new projects, I’ll be posting updates of the to the projects already posted. I’ll also start posting fortnightly Mumbai news and projects updates starting from several months ago – i.e. I’m going to post a whole slew of them, until we get back up to date.

I’ll also mercilessly shame and shun the other guys here at ISB until they start posting again too.

So, rejoice!, for ISB is back.

-Felonious Vindaloo

Sorry!

Sorry!

Just want to apologize for not updating this blog in a while. Not cause news or developments have suddenly dried up — not hardly — just that I am so insanely pressed for time that this pet project of mine has been on the backburner.

But don’t worry, I’ll hopefully have more free time by the end of this month and have been writing a ton of posts that will give you guys an awesome rundown of all the news, developments and updates that have come about.

When it rains it pours, and you guys will be overrun with information. I promise!

Also, hopefully soon we’ll be migrating to our own domain, so you guys can take great solace in that.

In the meantime, enjoy this photo and its many levels of awesomeness:

PS: thank you  to Ajay for administering some CPR to this place.

We haven’t gone into cardiac arest (not yet anyway), just a mid-summer’s hibernation.

Watch this space!

-FV


^ Concept Layout of the Vizhinjam Transshipment Terminal

After a long gap, I am back with a bunch of updates from the Capital of God’s Own Country. June and July were hectic months on the development scene in Trivandrum as a slew of projects were announced or kicked off.

For more information, read on!…

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DB Tower, Marine Lines, Mumbai, India
…one of Mumbai’s tallest all-residential skyscrapers and a beautiful complement to next-door India Tower!

*update**update*update*update*update*update*update*update*update*
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.

We now return you to your outdated post, already in progress.
*update**update*update*update*update*update*update*update*update*

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!…

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Jupiter Mills Tower, Mumbai, India
… one of Mumbai’s tallest all-residential skyscrapers and an awesome futuristic design!

Long awaited renderings for the promised residential tower at redevelopment of Jupiter Mills, Mumbai (Bombay) by developers Indiabulls Real Estate has finally been released by Chicago-based Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architects:


^ (Jupiter Mills Tower on left, Elphinstone Mills Tower on right)


According to the architects, “Jupiter Mills is a 75-story luxury residential tower in the heart of downtown Mumbai. To maximize views, the tower includes 50 stories of residential condominiums from floors 25-75. The building was designed to a LEED Platinum standard.”

For more information, renderings and news of this projectoriginally posted by me on Skyscrapercity.com, read on!…

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Hi folks!

I’ve finally got around to updating the Indian Skyscraper Blog’s Mumbai skyscraper rendering rundown list!:
(The Bombay *BOOM*! — A Rendering Rundown of all Significant Skyscrapers under construction, proposed and planned in the Mumbai Metro Region)

I’ve updated a grand total of 73 buildings over 25 stories in height — including 11 over 50 storeys!

(^ The rising Mumbai skyline. Photo copyright Humayunn N A Peerzaada @ Flickr)

This post just shows the updated buildings (all with clickable thumbnails to larger images), but check out the The Bombay *BOOM* thread for the full, huge list of the u/c, proposed and planned skyscrapers in Mumbai, compiled from the threads at the SSC India forum, read on!… Continue Reading »

Waves, Worli, Mumbai, India
… One of Mumbai’s and India’s tallest, most massive buildings, and an awesome example of organic architecture

Holy Wow…


^ The massive Wave tower proposal
Pic courtesy Architect Sanjay Puri

One of India’s awesome up-and coming architects, Sanjay Puri, graduates into the big leagues with this beautiful residential skyscraper crowning one side of Mumbai’s Worli seafront.

For more information, renderings and news of this project originally posted by me on Skyscrapercity.com, read on!…

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