International practice OMA has begun construction for its first project in India, Prestige Liberty Towers. Located in the historic textile mills area of Mahalaxmi in Mumbai, the development includes two office towers and a retail podium below.
Situated close to the Arabian Sea, the design maximises the city and the sea views through its staggering towers, standing at 200 and 290 metres. Constructed on 270,000 square metres area, the project will be one of the largest office developments in the city, providing column-free rectangular floors, combined with full-height curved glass facades.
"Prestige Liberty Towers addresses the demand for high quality office space in Mumbai, India’s financial and commercial capital. More than that, the building offers spaces for activities that keep it alive well beyond working hours. I am excited to engage in a context that has a long history and at the same time a strong appetite for the new," said Iyad Alsaka, Partner-in-Charge.
The design maximises the floor area through podium and two-tower typology found all over the city. The land scarcity, combined with lack of green and public space in the city, is well known, and the design by OMA aims to address this by lifting the building from the ground. This design gesture creates a sense of arrival, while providing visitors protection from the elements. The arrival lobbies are integrated with the office towers through a five-storey podium, which houses 36000 square metres of retail. The elevated structure also provides shared infrastructure and vehicular circulation beneath the building.
The design also features a garden roof terrace, shared between the office towers and the retail below. This provides visitors much needed green space, while offering views of the city beyond.
“Between the towers, a garden roof terrace, directly accessed from the co-working restaurant and shopping areas, provides much needed amenity space for connection and relaxation for office users and locals,” OMA told Design City.
They continue, “Throughout all levels of the podium, a broad range of programs is offered – an open podium, food court, restaurants, cinemas and a theater – to enrich with cultural and public events which extend the life of the building long after the workday is over.”
This project is commissioned by the Bangalore-based, Prestige Group and it is expected to complete in 2025.
Project: Prestige Liberty Towers
Status: Schematic Design, Construction Enabling Works
Client: Prestige Office Ventures / DB Realty
Location: Dr. E Moses Road, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Program: Offices GLA 210,000 m2, Retail GLA 36,000 m2. Total GFA 270,000 m2. Two office towers 290m and 200m high, five-story luxury retail podium.
Partner: Iyad Alsaka
Schematic Design Phase: Project Director: Adrianne Fisher, Wael Sleiman
Team: Margarida Amial, Danny Arakji, Deniz Arikan, Dagna Dambiecka, Michael Den Otter, Lucien Glass, Helena Daher Gomez, Igor Jablan, Daan Ooievaar, Konstantinos Papasimakis, Lukasz Skalec, Anahita Tabrizi
Concept Design Phase: Project Director: Juliet Moore, Wael Sleiman
Team: Agnieszka Dabek, Fabio Esposito, Mike Fritsch, Tianyi Huang, Ran Huo, Igor Jablan, Alexandra Paritzky, Antonia Rubic, Iason Stathatos, Natasha Trice COLLABORATORS Engineering: BuroHappold
Façade Engineering: Meinhardt Facades
Local Architect: Mandviwala Qutub Associates
Approvals Consultant: Spaceage
Traffic Consultant: TTEC
VT Consultant: Lerch Bates
Real Estate Consultant: Jones Lang LaSalle / Arch Realty
Iyad Alsaka joined OMA as a director in 2007 and became partner in 2011. Responsible for OMA’s work in the Middle East and Africa, Iyad has led projects including the acclaimed masterplan for Waterfront City in Dubai, the HIA Airport City masterplan in Doha, Concrete at Alserkal Avenue, a new public venue for Dubai’s cultural district, and the Qatar National Library in Doha. Iyad's current projects include the Prestige Liberty Towers in Mumbai, the Wafra Towers in Kuwait City, the Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai, and the Qatar Sports and Cultural Masterplan in Doha. Before joining OMA, Iyad was director of design and development at Dubai Holding where he was responsible for numerus projects. Born in 1969 in Syria, Iyad holds a degree in Architectural Engineering from the University of Aleppo.