Construction has begun on the twin towers in Mumbai, India with overlapping bases that are a reference to the knotted structures of mangrove stalks.
The 38-storeys towers are called Grove Towers and will extend up to 136m, creating 273 apartments, ground-level shops and over 2,500m2 of elevated gardens.
Designed by Danish firm, 3XN, the architects said the design was based on the vine-like roots of mangroves, common saltwater-tolerant tress found in India. The towers look as if they “braid together at the base”.
Solar gain will be prevented by using an engineered façade that allows the building to use natural ventilation. Additionally, the architects expect the elevated garden to help carbon dioxide levels in the surrounding air.
Kim Herforth Nielsen, principal at 3XN said: “With this design for Grove Towers, we wanted to create something special.
“Each time I visit, I am overwhelmed at how much I see the strength of the 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.”
“3XN is one of the elite few who has worked innovatively and untiringly to bring to fruition an edifice that will redefine the Mumbai skyline and which will be a tribute to this indomitable city and its people,” said Vijay Machindar, managing director of Ornate Spaces, the client for Grove Towers.
Grove Towers are scheduled for completion in 2017.