Imperial Tower

Unbuilt Design Award Submission

Imperial Tower is a 116-story residential building next to two existing towers in Mumbai, India. At 400 meters, it will be Mumbai's tallest building, and will serve as a prototype for future tall towers in this densely developed but currently low-rise city. The tower's form is distinguished by sensuous curves, lush skygardens and a high-performance, highly reflective exterior wall. The aerodynamic shape of the tower is designed to confuse the wind, minimizing negative effects of wind action on the building; the skygardens also help break up wind vortexes around the building. The terraces also function as beautiful amenities for building occupants, providing access to light and views and a strong connection with the natural world in a manner atypical for Mumbai. The exterior wall provides a strong visual contrast with the heavy masonry cladding of most surrounding buildings; the wall system is also highly sustainable, blocking solar heat gain and diffusing direct sunlight in the city's hot, humid climate. Other sustainable features include greywater collection and re-use systems, high-efficiency MEP systems, a green wall podium and the use of native plants throughout the landscaping. The 76,000-square-meter tower features 132 luxury residential units, whose interiors were designed by our firm.

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
SD Corp.
Mumbai, Mumbai