Monday, December 14, 2009

India Tower, Mumbai


In a recent post “Green Building, The Darker side we focused on the alleged skullduggery surrounding the India Tower project in Mumbai. The gentleman doing the alleging is Abdul Hameed, who in a scathing on-line attack, makes reference to “developers of ill-repute who are nothing but the scum of this earth.”

Be this as it may, the India Tower in Mumbai is a hugely significant symbol of environmental responsibility in a country that desperately needs it. India is the world second most populous nation and according to Wikipedia is ranked 5th among the worlds worst polluters.

Scheduled for completion in 2010, the structure will be 60 storeys tall, 301 meters in height and will encompass 81900 square meters of multi-use space.

The towers various rotating blocks will serve different purposes which will include residential, office, retail and recreation. The design incorporates the use of solar shading, natural ventilation, daylight usage, rainwater harvesting and green interior finishes. The India Tower will ultimately be the greenest building in India and has already achieved the US LEED Gold rating.

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