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.
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!
Mumbai’s skyscraper boom has almost entirely consisted of residential highrise development. The reasons for these are many, but namely because residential skyscrapers, especially with integrated retail, hospitality, and anemities, produce far less strain on infrastructure than their purely commercial counterparts, whose workers would all need to commute to the tower every day. Secondly, for the longest time, India’s banking, service, R&D and IT companies preferred glassy, sprawling lowrise campuses — more of a college campus look and feel — than towers.
With infrastructure redevelopment now likewise booming in Mumbai, coupled with a change in corporate culture, the future landmark skyscraper projects proposed in Mumbai are increasingly commercial in nature. Leading this change from the front is one of Mumbai’s largest real estate developers, K Raheja Universal, who are actively promoting commercial skyscraper construction as a necessity for Mumbai, and the only way to halt sprawl.
Their signature commercial tower project that they have implied in interviews over the years, Raheja Platinum, actually originally started off as a rather modest proposal of only 40 floors.
But with a slew of commercial supertall construction announced in a number major Indian metros outside of Mumbai, and in the Raheja Universial company habit of suddenly upscaling their projects in height and design right before groundbreaking, K Raheja Universal surprised all Indian skyscraper watchers when they suddenly redesigned Platinum to almost double its height to 80 stories.
^ The newer 80 floor tower announced in early 2008.
Pic courtesy K Raheja Universal
This was BIG news. It was the difference from having a pretty cool looking, but ultimately kind of dwarfish commerical tower that, overshadowed by residential towers, would only be visible from certain areas of the city to a game changing height and design that would leave a lasting mark on the entire of Mumbai’s skyline.
Raheja platinum suddenly became one of those signature towers that defines a city and its skyline.
Fellow ISB member Indiansunite edited a couple maps that show Raheja Platinum’s location in relation to other signature towers coming up in the area.
^ Location on Google Maps
Judging from K Rraheja Universal’s habit of spastically redesigning of their buildings, this may not even be the final design or height 🙂