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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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^ *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!


-Felonious Vindaloo

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

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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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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…


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

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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!


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