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A Fluid Residential Tower

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Bandra Ohm is a project designed by Hong Kong based architect James Law of James Law Cybertecture International for Parinee Developers Pvt Ltd in Mumbai. The designer has envisaged the high rise building as a cluster of highly contemporary spaces – fluid and dynamic.

Bandra Ohm, a 140m tall residential tower of GFA/FSI 18,000sqm is under construction over a plot area of 5,777.63sqm. The design concept of this residential development in Bandra suburb is inspired by the ripple effect generated by water droplet which is also known as the capillary wave. The image of the ripple emphasizes fluidity and this idea is reflected in the tower design. For instance, the outline of the tower demonstrates the fluidity and the dynamic nature of the ripple by different combination of apartment units.

The Concept

The rounded outline resembles the abstract representation of the symbol Ohm (Ω). While, the undulating glass pools remind of the waves pattern. The ripple effect usually generates a vortex-like space in the center. The essence of this space in the tower design is captured by creating a large void in the middle that contains with a specially designed clubhouse form.

Architecture

In the words of the architects, the water-inspired residential tower breaks the boundaries of design and challenges the inhabitants to rethink their homes while experiencing its luxurious living featuresz.

With approximately 30 storeys of residential units, Bandra Ohm tower’s dynamic shape is created by invigorating combination of residential units and a strong edge structural “tube”. A ripple effect is used to highlight and echo with the outline of the tower which is the result of continuous shifting of infinity edge pool on each unit flowerbed. This infinity edge pool is another highlight in the tower design. Since the tower is facing to sea view, the infinity pool produces a visual effect that the water is extending to the horizon, and merges with the sea. Clubhouse in the middle of the tower is a Cybertecture egg space. The top part of the clubhouse can be opened like a lotus flower and allows different uses and activities like observation platform, party space, yoga and meditation etc. The tower and podium part shares similarity by creating a smooth and dynamic form and façade. However the design languages are slightly different to provide a contrasting effect.

James Law Cybertecture signature design, manifests itself in this Mumbai residential tower by the futuristic arrangement of spaces – built and open as well as inventive use of materials juxtaposing against each other – complimenting the architect’s vision.

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