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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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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.


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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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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