Proposal unveiled for Mumbai's
tallest tower


Imperial Tower by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

News: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture has unveiled its competition-winning proposal to build Mumbai's tallest skyscraper.

The 400-metre-high, 116-storey Imperial Tower would become the tallest building in the Indian city if construction goes ahead.

The tower would have a slender, aerodynamic shape designed to "confuse the wind" and withstand strong currents, according to Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture.

Imperial Tower by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Green terraces called "sky gardens" would also break up wind currents, say the architects, whose kilometre-high Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia is currently under construction.

The proposal includes plans for 132 residential units, some as large as 1,115 square metres, along with smaller serviced apartments.

Imperial Tower by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Other projects by the same architects include a high-density, car-free city in China and a pair of 450 metre-high towers with glass scales – see all projects by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture.

At the start of the year we took a look at the ten tallest skyscrapers set to complete around the world in 2013 – see all skyscrapers on Dezeen.

Imperial Tower by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Here's some more information from the architects:

Imperial Tower Competition
Mumbai, India

At 116 stories and 400 meters tall, Imperial Tower was designed to be the tallest building in the city and a prototype for Mumbai, a densely developed but mostly low-rise metropolis whose urban future revolves around tall residential towers.

The softly curvilinear form of this tall, elegantly slender tower is aerodynamically shaped to “confuse the wind,” minimising the negative effects of wind action on the tower. Wind vortex shedding is also mitigated by the north- and south-facing sky gardens, which break up wind currents around the tower. The sky gardens also provide unprecedented access to light, views and connection with the natural world that are unprecedented in Mumbai.

Imperial Tower will also offer the most spacious and luxurious residences in Mumbai. The 76,272- square-metre tower includes 132 residential units of between 195 and 1115 square metres, along with serviced apartments of between 72 and 252 square meters. All of the upper-storey condominiums offer breathtaking views of the Arabian sea.

Architecturally, the exterior wall provides a strong visual contrast with the heavy masonry cladding of most surrounding buildings. The exterior wall is highly sustainable, blocking heat gain and diffusing direct sunlight in the hot and humid climate of Mumbai.

The sustainability of Imperial Tower is also evident in its treatment of water, one of the area's most precious resources. Water from mechanical systems is collected and treated as greywater; rainfall is also collected for re-use by the units. High-efficiency mechanical systems, a green-wall podium and the use of native plants in the landscaping and sky gardens also adds to the project's sustainable performance. As+GG is also exploring a plan for kitchens and bathrooms to be pre-fabricated, possibly at a nearby mini-factory that would train a new local workforce.

Services: Architecture, interior design
Client: SD Corporation Pvt. ltd.
Function: Mixed-use
Facts: 400 m height, 116 storeys

  • I like this idea for the treatment of water, also those sky gardens!

  • Colonel Pancake

    This is surprisingly alright.

  • recon::decon

    These are either huge apartments are really small floor plates. 132 apartments on 116 floors – that is almost one per floor.

    • yoda_vader

      If you read closely it tells you that the building is mixed use. Therefore not all floors are apartments.

      • recon::decon

        Is half the building for other uses? Even factoring out 10-15 floors for mixed-use and mechanical space, there is still a lot of rentable square footage in play here.

        • yoda_vader

          The tower I bet had service apartments and a residential component. Then, like someone else said, parking, amenities, etc. Also it doesn’t say if that area is net or gross. If it includes the core then that might be why.

  • zetre

    I guess the first 15 storeys would be reserved for parking in keeping with Mumbai highrise tradition?

  • I’m sure they’ll have great views of the slums from up there.

    • Courtney

      Mumbai is not entirely filled with slums!

      • Harshad

        Yes, but more than half the people of Mumbai do indeed live in slums. And they are indeed scattered all throughout the city, even in posh areas. These projects just serve to distract us from the realities of the city and instead imagine a pie-in-the-sky fantasy.

    • Nathaniel Bradford

      I’m really sick of people complaining about developing countries building high-rise when there is still poverty. The only difference between this and a tower in the developed world is how nearby and visible the poverty is.

      It is just as morally unjustified for a developed city like NY to build high-rise when there are slums in other places in the world and the USA as well. There just happens to be a man made border between developed and developing countries.

  • John

    Mumbai needs to be built upwards, but this is not what it needs. Ultra elitist living in a city with a majority below the poverty line.