International architecture firm envisions a sustainable, greener addition to Mumbai
As one of five international architecture firms invited by Kohinoor CTNL Infrastructure Co. Ltd. to participate in a design competition to create a mixed-use urban development in Mumbai, India, Perkins Eastman submitted two bold approaches—one, a singular 33-storey, 1.16M sq ft (108,000 sq m) high-rise tower and two-storey retail base; the other, a low- and mid-rise, 750,000 sq ft (69,700 sq m) two building scheme. Each is a visionary catalyst for smart, green urban development that establishes an iconic sense of place amid juxtapositions of traditional and modern India.
As one of the top ‘green’ architecture firms in the US, Perkins Eastman utilized this opportunity to push the limitations of conventional design to enrich the human experience in such a rapidly transitioning area. Both schemes incorporate sustainable elements to create an indoor environment that is healthy to occupy and cost-effective to operate: intelligent facade design, harnessing alternative energies, harvesting and recycling rainwater, and incorporating smart technologies such as solar chimneys and abundant facade plantings to filter and improve air quality.
In each, coloured glass and richly coloured terracotta contrast with cool sleek aluminum elements amid verdant landscaping. Both schemes utilize a bright and energizing palette of materials that integrate the colorful aspects of Indian culture with an unwavering commitment to a more sustainable environment.