Supertall Mumbai: The Rise and Future of India’s Tallest City

Jongmin Kim
Facade Design Specialist
Dow Corning Corporation, Chicago

Recent history has seen rapid growth and development in Mumbai as the financial and cultural capital of India, and one of its most important economic engines. This presentation will explore the emergence of tall and supertall structures as a critical feature of the city, and consider how modern materials and design can help meet the future challenges of continued urban densification.

The presentation will cover the recent history of building structures in Mumbai, providing an overview of the city’s present architecture and presenting in-depth case studies illustrating the development of the industry from tall to supertall over the past 15 years. The Commerz Tower in Goregaon helped to introduce high strength concrete into the local market and modernize construction techniques beyond traditional beam-slab systems. The Springs Residential Towers in Andheri West introduced an innovative lateral system that was responsive to the Floor Space Index (FSI) requirements defined by the Maharashtra government, and has become an archetype for future tall buildings in the city. Finally, the World Towers in Lower Parel pioneered the design of supertall structures in the region by utilizing a state-of-the-art structural design that incorporates advanced systems, analysis, and materials.

To enable Mumbai to continue to grow as an economic powerhouse, the building design and construction industry will need to utilize the latest materials and processes to provide sustainable, contextual, and successful projects for clients and the city. In addition to reviewing the recent history of tall and supertall structures in Mumbai, this presentation will highlight upcoming trends in materials and design that can make this possible.