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Mumbai Magic

| by Matt Wood

Elphinstone Mills Tower is one of the greenest skyscrapers in the city

The Elphinstone Mills Tower in Mumbai, India – part of the redevelopment of the Mill Lands – is one of the city’s greenest skyscrapers and most iconic pieces of architecture.

The 60-storey skyscraper is Mumbai’s first purely commercial skyscraper.

It was designed by Adrian Smith & Gordon Gill, a Chicago based architectural firm, who said the building, which is located in downtown Mumbai, includes Class A office space and a pedestrian-friendly retail podium.

“The building is designed to a LEED Platinum standard and will create a new icon in the sky of Mumbai,” the firm said on its company website.

The Elphinstone Mills Tower was one of the first projects announced in the redevelopment of Mumbai’s cotton mills, and is the first in a series of planned architectural projects aimed at improving the city’s skyline.

According to the architects: “Every floor of the office tower features outdoor terraces and multi-story garden atria, fully integrating the interior workspace with natural elements of the exterior environment.

“These garden spaces provide tenants with a shaded area for relaxation and socialization; natural light is abundant, while the overhangs simultaneously shade the units below.

“The building is also oriented to minimize solar gain, decreasing the heating effect of direct sunlight and increasing comfort levels for building tenants,” said Adrian Smith & Gordon Gill.

The atrium spaces are each connected to a central atrium within the core of the building.

“Air flows from the exterior environment into this central space, accelerating as it travels down the atrium toward a series of wind turbines, which generate power for the building,” the architects said.

Source: www.bizpremises.co.za