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Cybertecture Egg, Mumbai, India

Egg symbolizes the beginning of the life, the birth of the new: this egg-shaped building in Mumbai involves a new model of intellectual life. On the other hand it's like a flying saucer, which successfully landed on Earth to carry out its special mission. A new form of architecture, commissioned by Vijay Associates (Wadhwa Developers) and designed by James Law Cybertecture International and Ove Arup, is typified by new intangible materials of technology, multimedia, intelligence and interactivity to create an awe-inspiring landmark for the city of Mumbai and for India in the 21st Century. With 33,000 sq m of office space stacked in 13 stories with highly intelligent building management systems, the building boasts 3 levels of basement providing 400 car parking spaces. The building is predominant a steel frame structure with a concrete core and basement. They managed to create a structure in the form of a shell that is able to support floor plates that does not need any columns. This is an ultramodern structure with 100% flexibility and it embodies a level of beauty more akin to nature than architecture. That's why the Cybertecture Egg, due to its form, occupies 10% to 20% lower area than a conventional building this size would. The architecture is sleek and computer designed, with engineering that creates a building of extremely high quality and geometric sophistication. It is the "best space to work in" and within the building there are series of innovative systems such as "cybertecture health" in the washroom which is designed to keep track of the inhabitant’s health including blood pressure and weight. The data collected may be retrieved and sent to a doctor if deemed necessary. The Cybertecture Egg also allows the building’s inhabitants " to customize" their reality through the use of "cybertecture reality" which allows a customization of one’s favorite view. So you could choose to have real time scenery all around your working world if you wanted! The building uses solar photovoltaic panels and wind turbines to generate onsite electricity. Water conservation is managed with grey water recycling system that harvests water for irrigation and landscaping. This unique landscape is a "jewel" for the new Central Business District of Mumbai and has a striking beauty with its magnificent flora.

By Lilit Khalatyan,