The Capital Building gains pace

It’s a James Law. James Law of Cybertecture. Architecture and construction industry in Mumbai is currently abuzz with the development of this newest addition. It is none other than the iconic architectural addition aptly called ‘The Capital’. It is centrally located in the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC), a rapidly growing business district in Mumbai. This futuristic commercial building aims to house some of the most prestigious and prominent international corporations and banks.

The building integrates two key components: revolutionary design and sustainability. The front facade of the building encloses an inset egg-shaped feature which will house LED panels that will not only play as a dynamic information display but also act as a functional shading device for the building’s front yard. With premium amenities like smart parking and sky lobby, the building offers tenants an office space of AAA-rating. Along with world-class amenities and finishes building also integrates sustainability with several energy efficiency strategies.

Left: Current status of the building. Right: Artist’s impression of the final building (left image credit, James Law Architects)

Use of light diffusers reflecting natural light in common areas will reduce the demand on lighting energy and floor plates are equipped with operable windows which will enable individual tenants with natural ventilation for healthy and sustainable built spaces. The design also incorporates natural looking waterfalls and several green vegetation areas to cool the building naturally from within. This will reduce the demand on HVAC load which will effectively reduce the demand on overall energy consumption. The building uses cladding system with Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF) coating which is a sturdy finish with respect to weathering and ultra-violet degradation. This will further add to the energy saving strategy of the building.

In addition to its radical design and energy efficiency strategies, the building offers another advantage – its enviable location at the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC). The BKC is giving Nariman Point, once an only premium business district located in South Mumbai now slowly decaying, a run for its money. With its central location, improved accessibility and rapid upscale construction growth, the BKC has positioned itself as the more sought after location for businesses.

Building is nearing completion and with about 80% complete, the project is expected to be concluded in the first quarter of 2012. The work is in full swing, as hundreds of construction workers mill around in sun sweating with loads of material and machinery, working diligently towards the launch date. Construction of the building began circa 2008 and with possible completion in the year 2012; it is an impressive pace for a project of this scale. Moreover, given the economic downturn in 2008 which sent gloomy vibes in the construction industry in several parts of the world, India remained vibrant with positive growth.

The Capital Building will elevate the corporate real estate quality by another degree and thus pushing the envelope in built environment in Mumbai and will be a sophisticated neighbour to existing buildings like ICICI bank and Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Limited (IL&FS).

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