Mumbai (formerly Bombay) is India’s economic capital and a mega-city with a population of over 20 million people. Here, as in most other major urban centers, high-rise construction is the only option for limiting urban sprawl and allowing residents to live close to their place of work.
This was precisely one of the goals set for the Lodha World One tower due for completion in 2014 in downtown Mumbai: this will be the tallest 100% residential building in the world. Designed by the architectural firm headed by I.M. Pei, who designed the pyramid at the Louvre Museum in Paris, the project sets a number of new records:
- 442 meters high
- 117 floors
- more than 300 apartments
- 150,000 square meters of floor area
- 800,000 cubic meters of concrete
Responding to the demands imposed by this exceptional project required an exceptional product. Lafarge engineers suggested that the project be designed around an added-value concrete: created from a blend of bulk micro silica using a cutting-edge technology, this impressive material improves structural stability and durability.
The new tower will also lead by example in terms of its environmental credentials. The use of solar panels will reduce its energy consumption by 40% compared with conventional buildings, whilst its water demand will be less than half that of other towers as a result of installing rainwater collection and recycling technology.
Tomorrow’s city is already under construction in Mumbai!