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Namaste Tower in Mumbai..Another Civil Engeering Marvel

 
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 3:45 pm    Post subject: Namaste Tower in Mumbai..Another Civil Engeering Marvel Reply with quote

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   Hi All,
I know that it is a proposed tower. Has the work on this tower been started?
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Subramanian
Namaste Tower in Mumbai..Another Civil Engeering Marvel

LOWER PAREL

The Namaste tower! Designed by the Atkins design studio, work IS currently underway on this 300m-62 storeyed mixed use tower that will encompass a hotel, office and retail space.

The location is Ambika mills which is a couple hundred meters south of the The developer of the project is unknown.

The renders and text were submitted by Atkins to the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona (3-5 Nov 2010).

Namaste: Hotel and Office Tower
Category: Future Projects - Commercial
Location: Mumbai, India
Architects: WS Atkins, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Atkins, United Arab Emirates


Following the long tradition of great Indian Architecture it was our aim that the Namaste Tower will stand as a landmark structure, representative of the burgeoning economic and cultural significance of India. We aimed to design a building that would become representative of the city: the picture postcard of Mumbai.


Key Statistics:

120,000 m2 of Gross Construction Area
380 key luxury hotel
Exclusive restaurants, bars, banqueting and spa facilities
9,000 m2 of A grade office space
6,000 m2 of world class retail space
300 m overall building height


"Namaste"

The traditional Indian greeting of "Namaste", where the hands are clasped together in greeting, is the inspiration for the design of this tower. In Sanskrit "Namaste" means "I bow to you". It has a spiritual significance of negating one's ego in the presence of another.

The Architecture of the Namaste Hotel builds on this ancient Indian expression. The two wings of the hotel are clasped together like hands greeting the city of Mumbai. In this way the architectural design of the hotel provides the ultimate symbol of hospitality and welcome, as seen in the as seen in the cultural context of India.


Visual Relationships to and from the Site

With a proposed height of 300 m the tower will be seen from a distance of more than 40 km. Therefore the visual appearance of the project as a major landmark is of great importance to the city of Mumbai.

Views from the tower will extend to the South over the Mahalkshi Race course towards the Mumbai Peninsula and to the South West over the Indian Ocean. The views to the north East are towards a number of adjacent towers that are currently being constructed. The orientation and massing of the tower have been designed in order to make the very best of these visual relationships.


The Building Skin

The tower has been designed to cater for large scale Indian weddings. The occasion of a Mehndi ceremony (where the hands and feet of the bride and groom are decorated with henna) is often one of the most important pre-wedding rituals in India.

The design seeks to build on the theme of the clasped hands by referencing the intricate Mehndi patterns through the treatment of the building skin. The tower is will be clad in fritted glazing that combines to form an architectural scale graphic on the exterior of the building. This will create a sense of transparency and depth to the building while at the same time helping to maintain the thermal qualities required to meet the building's envelope design criteria.

It is proposed that the large scale canopies over the drop-off points area support an array of solar thermal collectors. Given the available surface area and annual sunlight conditions these have the potential to provide 12% of the energy required to heat the hot water for the hotel.


General Arrangement

The tower is made up of two separate wings (or hands) which together form the architectural expression of "Namaste". The space between the wings forms the corridor spaces. At either end of the corridor space a pair of open atria will offer hotel guests dramatic framed views out over the city.


Internal Atrium Gardens

These atria also serve to bring natural light deep into the plan. At the plant floor levels these atria are broken with internal gardens that serve to bring greenery into the corridor and atrium spaces. It was a central design aim to ensure that the circulation areas of the hotel, (including corridors) are just as impressive as the rooms themselves.


The Podium

The geometry of the podium is designed to integrate fully with the design of the tower. Thus it is a highly symmetrical form that responds to the wing like canopies above the drop off. Containing mostly retail, the facade of the podium is activated with water features and fountains that cascade down to street level.


The Summit


At the summit of the building a generous quadruple height atrium space encloses a Sky Restaurant and Bar which will provide a unique vantage point for patrons to gain panoramic views out over the city.

















































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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear Dr. Subramanian,
I read about this on www.skyscrapercity.com and apparently the site work is in progress with huge gates that block the view of the site, although there was a picture of a huge hole in the ground that is indicative of a tall building. However, I would also appreciate if a SEFIan in Mumbai could share some updates.

Further, with the announcement of many high-rises in Mumbai and the rest of the country, I have also noticed that most of them are designed by foreign architects & structural engineering companies. So I was wondering if there is a lack of faith in our local structural engineers or is it the builders, contractors or the architects that may be responsible for this distrust as they would be all over the media trying to convince the people that any collapse is always a design failure!

On second thought, I always wondered if it was the bureaucracy or the low pay a reason why the local engineers aren't involved during the construction process to ensure the adherence to the design and construction documents?!
Thanks
Hemal Modi
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