What can we expect from the world’s tallest residential tower?

The World One tower in Mumbai, India is due to be completed this year. Once finished, at 442 meters (1,450ft) high, it will be the tallest residential tower in the world, measuring 16 metres taller than the current holder of the record – 432 Park Avenue in New York City.

World One is being built at a cost $321m. Work started in 2011 and the tower is expected to be finished by the end of 2018. Then the 290 luxury apartments and penthouses that make up the 177-story super skyscraper can be lived in.

A rare 100% residential tower

Unusually, this tower is not a mix of commercial and residential units. Across the world, mixed-use towers are built all the time.

To be categorized as a residential tower, only 83% of the space has to be dedicated to housing. Therefore, it is not unusual for towers to have facilities like cafes, hairdressers, and shops built into them and for some floors to be dedicated to office space. In Mumbai, the lack of good quality residential property and the prices that can be secured for luxury apartments led the developers to opt for a 100% residential format.

The configuration of the three tower development

World One is only one of three residential towers that are being built on the site. The other two towers World View and World Crest are far shorter but are nonetheless still architecturally striking. World View is 291 meters high with apartments spread across 82 floors, it was finished in 2016. The World Crest tower is just 223 meters tall and has 57 floors. This tower was topped out in 2014.

The three towers share a five-acre podium. It is this configuration that gives this remarkable skyscraper development its iconic shape. Having the two smaller towers located so close to the main residential block only serves to accentuate just how tall World One is.

Once finished, this development will certainly be an iconic landmark on the Mumbai skyline; something that is important because part of the brief was for the building to put Mumbai on the map and highlight its position as an emerging world supercity.

The courtyard

The three towers are built around a huge courtyard, at the centre of which is a striking dancing fountain. Each towers main entrance opens out onto this shared public space. There is a glass canopied drop-off area incorporated into the entrance area. This is an important facility in a city like Mumbai where it rains an awful lot. During June and September, it rains on average 14 times. In July and August, the average is 22 days.

The unique curvilinear shape

All three towers share the same curvilinear shape. Studies show that buildings with curves appeal to humans in ways that are as yet not completely understood.

They encourage movement, lift the spirits and change the way in which we use the space and interact with others. The fact that the towers are constructed using a metal frame and glass cladding has enabled the architects to create buildings that have no sharp edges or corners.

The floor plan

There are two main floor-plans in use within the World One tower. One is used for those apartments that are situated on the 8th to the 18th floors. The other is for the apartments that are located on the 19th floor and above. Most floors will have five three and four bedroom apartments that will be accessed from a central elevator lobby.

The apartments

The majority of the three and four bedroom apartments are generously proportioned. There are several configurations and sizes available. All of which are suitable for multi-generational living. The generously proportioned bedrooms are ideal for families whose children need to stay at home during early adulthood as they complete their studies.

The interiors

In each apartment at least, one of the bedrooms has an en-suite. Some have two or three bedrooms with en-suite facilities.

The interiors are finished to an exceptionally high standard. Giorgio Armani was the lead designer. He and his team have clearly understood the needs of Indian families. This is particularly clear in the kitchen area, where multiple styles of cooking plates have been built-in to the counters.

Stunning views for everyone

All of the towers are glass-clad, which gives residents unparalleled views of the city, harbour, and the sea. The floor-to-ceiling windows bring the outside in as well as heighten the sense of space.

Access to private outdoor space

All of the apartments have plenty of outdoor space, with some having access to multiple balconies. The curves that are incorporated into the design mean that much of this balcony space is 100% private.

Being able to walk straight from the kitchen out onto the balcony is a nice touch because it turns the balconies into practical outside dining areas. Importantly, there is also access to plenty of public outdoor spaces.

The grounds

In Mumbai, access to green spaces is not easy to find. This development has taken that into account and the grounds are extensive.

Incorporated into the design are lawns, flower gardens, water features and a putting green. Residents will also have access to a pool complex that includes a barbeque area and a kids’ pool.

In the sports zone, there are plans to build a rock wall, an athletic track, and tennis and squash courts. Space has also been set aside for a cricket ground.

Children will also have access a large play area with special rides and play equipment. There will also be a Jain Temple, art gallery, open-air amphitheatre and cultural space built in the grounds. The resident’s dogs will also be catered with their own run area being provided.

The location

Perhaps the biggest selling point of World One is its location. The residential complex has been built at the end of Mumbai´s Golden Mile, so the residents of the three towers will be able to access a huge range of designer shops, cafes, bars, and restaurants, within just a few minutes of leaving their homes.

Great environmental credentials

The towers appeal to buyers who want to live in harmony with their environment. The design incorporates solar panels and rainwater collection technology. As a result, it uses 40% less energy and the water demands are around 50% lower than normal.

Innovative building techniques

As you can see, World One and the development in which it is located will be impressive, once finished. Constructing everything so quickly is a remarkable accomplishment, especially in a congested place like Mumbai.

The architects and contractors took an innovative approach to its construction; for example, a new form of bulk micro silica concrete was developed and used. In total, 800,000 cubic meters of that concrete was needed to complete this massive and very impressive resident

Posted by Mark
April 17, 2018

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