An Icon for Mumbai On the junction between the busy Bhau Tatoba Toraskar Marg and New Link Road, two clusters of slender towers rise upwards towards the sky over Mumbai. The unique clusters with their distinctive facades of softly shaped sun visors and green vertical gardens are destined to become a new iconic landmark in Mumbai.
The new development houses a mix of functions, with a 130m tall luxury residential tower on the southern corner junction containing premium 3and 4¬ bedroom apartments. At the northern end of the site is a slightly shorter tower containing more modest 2 bedroom apartments. The overall complex offers a terraced podium with amenity spaces, club house, gym, pool and parking for the residents; and a base of retail for the public.
A Grove of slender trees which seemingly braid together 3XN’s design is inspired by the Indian nature and Mumbai’s mangroves. Just as clusters of mangrove stalks seemingly braid together at the base, the two towers in this mixed use development converge at the lower retail floors. The building rises up to provide amenity spaces on the terraced podium, including club house, gym and pool; to finally grow into the sky as a cluster of slender trees, each individual stem ending in a crown at different heights. The residential units are thoughtfully laid out featuring views in at least two directions, most of which look out towards the mangroves to the North, and Indian Ocean to the West.
There are many advantages to expressing the units as individual towers. These can be seen in the simplicity of the plans, but also in how the cluster or bouquet of individual towers help emphasize the elegance and verticality of the towers, making them appear slender and graceful.
At the top of the tower, the number of petals taper out from five to four to three, creating a soft crown providing the last two levels with unique penthouses featuring 5 and 6 bedroom luxury units; each having a sky garden with views over Mumbai and the Mangroves to the north.
Sustainability throughout the design Grove Towers is a showcase of the science around sub-tropical buildings. 3XN’s Innovation Unit called GXN has been involved in the design process – in particular for the highly sustainable façade. The façade design shifts on each corner from horizontal ‘leaf-shaped’ solar canopies to deep vertical fins which significantly reduce direct solar radiation from entering the apartments. The numerous corners provide the possibility for natural cross ventilation reducing the need for air conditioning on a daily basis and with over 2500m² of vertical gardens at the building podium, the building lowers CO2 in Mumbai’s humid and congested environment, cleaning the air around it. These sustainable initiatives integrated in the project are with the intent of achieving LEED Gold certification.