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Namaste Towers: Mumbai’s one more engineering wonder!

Posted on February 22, 2011 | Fascinating CitiesNo Comment


‘Namaste’ is an Indian term to greet people, which is equivalent to ‘Hello’ and today this name is aptly given to upcoming tallest tower in the financial capital of India. Yes, this is the Namaste tower whose name indicates its shape or the architectural manner in which it is getting ready to the different types of visitors that it will receive in future. The tower is in the shape of two clasped hands – the traditional way of saying ‘Namaste’ in India and now this tower will say so without any voice to its potential visitors.

Planned by the Atkins design studio of Dubai, the Namaste tower is currently in progress, which is said to engulf 62 storeys that will be divided into a retail zone, leisure zone, and office space. Carrying forward the long practice of the superb Indian Architecture, the designers aim at building a landmark structure, the symbol of the growing economic as well as cultural India. In short, the tower is thought to become the ambassador of the city in form of the Mumbai’s picture postcard.

Namaste’s significance in the architecture

The traditional way of greeting in India is to say ‘Namaste’ by joining the hands together, which indicates that ‘I bow to you’; thereby, negating the ego in front of another. This pose is the source of inspiration for designing this tower. Building itself on this old Indian expression, the architecture of the Namaste tower is composed of two wings that are joined together to resemble hands – showing that they are greeting the people in the city. Therefore, the architectural design is the supreme symbol of welcome as well as hospitality truly made for greeting the visitors who plan to come here.

Statistical coverage of the Grand Namaste Hotel
  • 120,000 sq. m. for the construction area
  • Restaurants, Spa, and banqueting facilities
  • 9,000 sq. m. of office space featuring the ‘A’ grade
  • 6,000 sq. m. of the retail space of excellent quality
  • 300 m as the height of the tower
Views from the site/surroundings

The soaring height of 300 m will be visible from a distance of over 40 km. It is certainly this visual appearance that is of utmost significance in rendering the hotel as a major landmark in the city of Mumbai. From the tower, one will be able to get the far away views of the famous Mahalaksmi Race course in south, Mumbai Peninsula, and over the Indian Ocean in the southwest. On the other hand, the vistas in the North East will be of the many other towers that are under construction.

Design

Made up of two joint, but still wings forming the architectural pose of ‘Namaste’, the tower reflects the design of Mehendi on its exteriors. Mehendi is an important ritual during the weddings wherein the hands as well as feet of the bride are decorated with Mehendi (Henna) that brings a series dark orange color patterns on the skin. In the same way, the design of the two hands of the tower are adorned with the Mehendi patterns that is one more cultural theme represented via the treatment of the building skin. Both the wings will be dressed in fritted bright patterns that will create an architectural graphic glory on the exteriors. With this, a sense of depth as well as transparency will be invoked and that simultaneously, the thermal features will be kept intact for fulfilling the envelope design criteria of the tower. So, finally, it can be concluded, once ready, the tower will luxuriously cater to the large scale weddings too.

In addition, it has been put forward that large scale canopies above the drop-off spots will boast a series of solar thermal collectors. Wow! This is one more commendable point of this civil marvel, which indicates that it does care about the environment. With the gross surface area as well as the sunlight conditions throughout the year, the collectors will probably offer 12% of the total energy needed to warm up the water for the hotel use.

Between the wings, the available space is being utilized as the corridor spaces. At any tip of this space, the guests can enjoy the breathtaking vistas of the city from the featured open atria.

The Podium

The podium will bear the geometry that will completely amalgamate the tower’s design. Therefore, the podium’s design is a genuine symmetry that retorts the wing as canopies over the drop off. Most of it will be for retail, but its facade will boast fountains as well as the other water features that will plunge to the street level.

Internal Atrium Gardens

These are the atria that aim at allowing the natural sunlight to enter deep into the plan. The atria at the plant floor levels will be split into internal gardens to ensure greenery and fresh air in the atrium spaces as well as corridors. In short, perfect air circulation is the aim of these atria.

Within the tower

Starting in the order from bottom to top, the tower will engulf offices, plant floor, specialty restaurant, standard hotel rooms, plant rooms, spa, Standard club as well as suites, owner’s apartment, plant floor, Sky restaurant, and Sky atrium.

Among the suites, expect club rooms with suites, presidential, and royal suites of which the latter two serve as the epitome of opulence with lounge areas and dining rooms. Other amenities include lobby, parking, retail zone, and ball room.

And yes, at every six floors, there is a Fire Refuge Zone to tackle with fire, if any. There will be fire trucks to deal with, which can take a complete round of the tower via 6 m drive route as well as turning radius of 13 m.

At the Pinnacle

On the top of the Namaste tower, a liberal atrium of quadruple height encompasses a Sky Restaurant and Bar that features a distinct lookout point from where one can enjoy the panoramic vistas of Mumbai.

Location

The tower is located on the land of the Ambika mills that is a few meters away from the famous Shangri-La hotel. The nearest station is Lower Parel on the western suburban line.

The Namaste Tower in Mumbai is the major landmark for its traditional architecture of clasped hands decorated with Mehendi to greet the patrons.

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