In the 21st Century, what we will build will not be the same what we were building in the 20th Century. Buildings are no longer about concrete, steel and glass, but also the new intangible materials of technology, multimedia, intelligence and interactivity. Only be recognizing this will bring a new form of architecture to light – namely a “Cybertecture”.
This project is a “Cybertecture” building and winner of the CNBC Asia Pacific Commercial Property Awards 2009 – The Architecture Award India. It brings together Iconic Architecture, Environmental Design, Intelligent Systems, New Engineering together to create the most innovative building for the city of Mumbai and for India in the 21st Century. This project is conceived together by the combined teams of James Law Cybertecture International and Ove Arup for Wadhwa Developers of India.
The concept was inspired by looking at the world in terms of the planet being an ecosystem that allows life to evolve. The concept for this building is rather like planet earth, where a sustainable ecosystem is derived from an integrated and seamless Cybertecture that is evolving to give the building’s inhabitants the very best space to work in. The analogy to the form of the building is for the beautiful planet form to “land” on our site C70 in Mumbai, and creates a new Cybertecture ecosystem for people who will use this building.
The form of the architecture is one that symbolizes with optimism about the future and of the 21st Century. The symbolic “planet” form is further stretched to cater for 10 levels of office accommodation, deriving a “Egg” shaped building. This “Egg” is further orientated and skewed at an angle to create both a strong visual language as well as to alleviate the solar gain of the building.
By using this “Egg” shape, compared to a conventional building, this building has approximately 10-20% less surface area. The architecture is sleek and computer designed, with engineering that creates a building of extremely high quality and geometric sophistication.James Law Cybertecture