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Thursday 08 May 2014

Braided mangroves inspire first Mumbai project for Danish practice 3XN

Danish design studio 3XN, in close collaboration with its Innovation Unit GXN, has unveiled its first building project in Mumbai: Grove Towers. The release of project details follows a colourful groundbreaking ceremony, or Bhumi Puja, hosted by client Ornate Spaces. During the ceremony, Mother Nature was asked for her permission to build upon the land and her blessings for all life involved in the project.

Grove Towers will be a 136m-high mixed-use development comprised of two towers connected at ground level. 3XN took inspiration from Indian nature and clusters of mangrove in Mumbai, which are often found braided together at the base. As a result, the two slender towers meet the ground at an elegant podium, providing retail amenities for the public and residents from both towers.

Kim Herforth Nielsen, Principal and Creative Director at 3XN, details: “With this design for Grove Towers, we wanted to create something special for Mumbaikars and Ornate Spaces. Each time I visit, I am overwhelmed at how much I see the strength of community in all aspects of Indian life. I want this to be a vertical community that brings people together, and becomes a setting for growth and life.”

As with other 3XN-designed schemes, sustainability is an intrinsic element to the Grove Towers development. With help from GXN, the team has created a façade that reduces direct solar gain whilst maximising natural ventilation, aiming for LEED Gold certification. The building also benefits from more than 2,500 sq m of vertical gardens, cleansing the humid and often polluted air for residents and building users.


Client: Ornate Spaces Pvt. Ltd; Vijay Machindar (Managing Director); Abhimanyu Londhe (Chief Operating Officer)
Design Architect: 3XN; Kim Nielsen (Principal and Creative Director)
Executive Architect: Sandeep Shikre & Associates
Client Advisor/Project Design Co-ordinator: Rajeev Kasat and Associates
Engineering: Buro Happold Engineers (Mumbai)

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