MUMBAI: Planet Earth's tallest residential building – World One – is coming up at Upper Worli in Mumbai – and when ready it would even surpass iconic structures like New York's Empire State Building, Sears Tower of Chicago and Jin Mao Building in Shanghai.
World One would be 1,450 feet tall – close to half a kilometre - and would have 117 storeys. At 450 mts when ready, it will comfortably dwarf Q1 in Gold coast, which at 323 mts, is currently, world tallest residential tower. The total project cost would be nearly Rs 2,000 crore.
The Lodha Group – would be constructing the tower – which is expected by ready by 2014.
This is the second major announcement from the Lodha Group – on May 27 it has won the bid for Iconic Tower at Wadala, a 101-storey building, that would come up in Wadala. Lodha's bid of Rs 4,053 crore was highest, which were invited by Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) for developing iconic structure on Design, Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (DBOOT) basis.
World One would be built with Pei Cobb Freed and Partners and Leslie E. Robertson Associates. The tower with an Floor Space Index of 3.7, expected to complete by 2014, will house approximately 275 homes and would be priced at Rs. 7, 50,00,000 crore for the starting range to Rs. 45 crores for the most expensive high rise duplex in the iconic structure. With it are two other residential buildings, a high end shopping avenue and a world-class office.
Also, housed is a concept an exclusive observatory called '1000' at the height of 1000 feet above sea level which will allow the residents enjoy fabulous views of the city and the Arabian Sea. At the same time care is taken to make the construction and operations environment-friendly.
Considering the water and power shortage that the city is currently facing, the building will make 100% water recycling and water harvesting to reduce water consumption to half of a conventional building, and use of solar powered common area lighting and water heating to reduce the energy consumption by upto 40%.
The project has received the approval of the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) civic body.
However, safety and security measures of such a large edifice too are not an issue of concern said Abhishek Lodha, Managing Director of the Lodha Group: “We have consulted the world's best security agencies and the building in itself is designed in such a way that it incorporates all the safety and security measures within its structure to fight any fire emergency.”
The building is safe from natural calamities too, said William Faschan, Leslie E. Robertson Associates: “At taller heights the seismic waves in the ground and wind energy too are strong. To tackle this we have done a research and with the help of a simulation model created a unique structural design to ensure safety and performance in testing conditions.”
The tower will change the way India is being looked at as far as the construction field is concerned. “Every global city is made memorable by its architectural landmarks. We are sure that World One will come to represent India's quest for excellence in the economic and cultural arenas,” said Lodha.