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HK ‘Cybertect’ comes to India

Hong Kong-based architect James Law of Cybertecture Egg fame, who prefers to call himself a cybertect, has told fellow architects in Baroda that the futuristic office building at Bandra-Kurla Complex, Mumbai, was in the process of being hatched.

“Cybertecture is the new 21st century concept that empowers people to live the future,” declared Law, whose masterpieces include high-tech buildings like the O-Tower in Dubai, the Jenga Tower in Hong Kong, the DNA Towers in Abu Dhabi and the Fruit Museum in Japan.

“The building will act as a jewel for the new Central Business District of Mumbai,” foretold the architect, revealing that the concept for the design was inspired by looking at the world in terms of the planet being an ecosystem.

An innovative structure derived from the skin of the egg is expected to create up to 30 m spans of columnless floors. Another landmark to watch out for is a residential skyscraper by the Worli seaface that draws inspiration from the form and rhythm of the waves.

“Instead of traditional stacking of floors, the units are individual cantilevered volumes attached to the core and twisting as it rises,” disclosed Law, adding that the topmost storey is twisted 280 degrees counter-clockwise in respect to the ground floor. The presentation made by Law also paid tribute to the inspirations that sparked his futuristic designs – among them the novel Fountainhead and the film Star Wars.

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