Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill Architecture Unveils Proposal for Mumbai’s Tallest Tower

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Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill Architecture has unveiled a competition-winning prototype in which they hope will become ’s tallest skyscraper. Standing 400-meters about the crowded city streets, the 116-story Imperial Tower’s curvilinear form is aerodynamically shaped to “confuse the wind.” Its 132 “spacious and luxurious” residential units are punctuated by north- and south-facing sky gardens, which break up wind currents around the tower and provide unprecedented access to natural light and views of the Arabian sea.

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Providing a strong visual contrast to its neighbors predominantly masonry cladding, the tower’s “highly sustainable”, metallic skin blocks heat gain and diffuses direct sunlight in the hot and humid climate of Mumbai. Further sustainable measures will be used on greywater and rainfall collection, highly efficient mechanical systems, a green-wall podium and the use of native vegetation.

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via Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, Skyscraper News

Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill Architecture Unveils Proposal for Mumbai’s Tallest Tower" 07 May 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 19 Sep 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=369617>

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    Adrian Smith should have his license revoked. Another glass tower in the desert, come on dude! the money used to make that tower could create thousands of sustainable homes for the lower income population in Mumbai. I call this an architecture crime and Smith is the equivalent of the hamburglar, an American manifestation that just steals from others and eats whatever he can get his hands on. Adrian, we both know you are just a make believe character. I feel compelled to say this because I am a Chicagoan, born and raised, and many people I know left the architecture profession after working for Adrian Smith. Treated like cattle, only to be led to the slaughter. Usual I am a very agreeable and optimistic individual but I just feel somebody needs to speak out against this HACK!

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      Totally agree with you.

      Mumbai is a home for one of the largest slums in the world “DHARAVI” with more than a million inhabitants. The money could be used for providing a better infrastructure to the slum dwellers.

      This development is totally unnecessary for the already over-crowded city of Mumbai which creates more problems in terms of transport, traffic and more congestion.

      A total waste.

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      “Noname” I think you should blame the developers and the politicians in India for non structured city planning and development.
      But again, in a busy city like Mumbai, towers could be the solution to tackle the shortage in residential unit supply and to stop the endless propagation of the city boundaries.
      Finally, mumbai isn’t in the desert. it is located in a semi-tropical region hardly affected by the mansoons each year.

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        Dont’ put all of the blame onto the city officials,to say the the architect has no power to do something about it, at LEAST raise awareness, is absurd. Towers are the answer, but if they are only built for the rich then what good does it do?

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      Totally agree.
      every one wants to rush towards high end. but try to improve ur city/ country towards little up gradation by thinking for an adaquate proposals for slum redevelopement.

      Guys pls pay attention towards slum redevelopement.
      utilise ur skills towards making revolution through slum redevelopement.

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      every one wants to rush towards high end. but try to improve ur city/ country towards little up gradation by thinking for an adaquate proposals for slum redevelopement.

      Guys pls pay attention towards slum redevelopement.
      utilise ur skills towards making revolution through slum redevelopement.

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      Architecture shouldn’t just be for the privileged. Oh, I’ve got a job and have maintained one all through the recession while your boy Adrian was laying of folks by the hundreds in a conference room and then having them removed from the office that day. All because he bit off more than he could chew. I’m sorry but anybody who treats their employees like that is not elevating the profession.

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    ??? 116 floors??? Well, that’s still fine… Spacious??? Still ok… LUXURIOUS???? Why??? Why always luxurious… Why don’t they try to build for the homeless ones… At least, slums are reduced and also increasing the living status of the citizens… That would be a great development in Mumbai…

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    While it’s a stunning and beautiful tower, the fact that it will have a multitude of “‘spacious and luxurious’ residential units” is a bit disconcerting considering the same city also has one, if not the world’s largest slum (dharavi). This to me ignores the fact that the majority of the populous who is in dire need of dignified living spaces remain overlooked by with indulgence of those who “deserve it.” Again it is a great piece of architecture and I hope it is built, it has the ability to be a leader for the city. I think though that it would be a tragedy if the same amount of resources and financial support was not also given to aid in a restructuring of the urban informal areas to get people into adequate living spaces. This is not a call for communism but an encouragement for generosity. It’s not enough to just take care of yourself when the rest of the world is in need especially when you have the means to do so. I know this is not the architect’s fault, but architects everywhere need to start realizing and using our power and abilities to do something about it.

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