Construction has begun on the OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture) /Iyad Alsaka’s Prestige Liberty Towers in Mumbai, Maharashtra. The project paves way for the Rotterdam based Dutch architectural firm’s presence in India. 

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Prestige Liberty Towers ©OMA

The project- Prestige Liberty Towers is situated in Mahalaxmi, Mumbai, an area that boasts of its historic textile mills. The Mahalaxmi district was previously known as Girangon, “Village of Mills”. The locality, which is situated in the heart of the city, is now rapidly transforming into a global financial hub with booming transport networks and high rise residential, retail and office buildings. 

OMA’s Prestige Liberty Towers design consists of two staggered towers that overlook the iconic Mahalaxmi Racecourse and the Arabian Sea. Soaring at 200 meters and 290 meters respectively with a whopping area of 270,000 square meters, the project is one of the largest office developments located in Mumbai. 

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Entrance to Prestige Liberty Towers ©OMA

The Prestige Liberty Towers project is commissioned by the Bangalore based property development firm- Prestige Group and is led by Iyad Alsaka, Adrianne Fisher and Wael Sleiman. It is expected to be completed by 2025. 

Project Features:

Architects: OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture)
Partner: Iyad Alaska
Client: Prestige Group/ DB Realty
Location: Dr E. Moses Road, Mahalaxmi, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Area Program:   

Offices GLA- 210,000 m²
Retail GLA- 36,000 m²
Total GFA- 270,000 m²
Two high-rise office towers- 290m and 200m high with a five-story retail podium

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Design Team: 

Schematic Design Phase Team- Margarida Amial, Danny Arakji, Deniz Arikan,Daan Ooievaar, Konstantinos Papasimakis, Lukasz Skalec, Anahita Tabrizi, Dagna Dambiecka, Michael Den Otter, Lucien Glass, Helena Daher Gomez, Igor Jablan

Concept Design Phase Team- Agnieszka Dabek, Igor Jablan, Alexandra Paritzky, Antonia Rubic, Iason Stathatos, Natasha Trice, Fabio Esposito, Mike Fritsch, Tianyi Huang, Ran Huo

Collaborators:

Project Director (Schematic Design Phase)- Adrianne Fisher, Wael Sleiman
Project Director (Concept Design Phase)- Juliet Moore, Wael Sleiman
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
Year: 2021

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Prestige Liberty Towers: Design Overview

The mixed-use buildings are designed with rectangular column-free floors and full height curved glass facades that contribute to an efficiently lit, high-quality office workspace. The material choice strikes a contrast with the urban surroundings with a restrained selection of Indian black basalt combined with glass. Micro-perforated acoustic aluminium panels and vibration control are employed to ensure appropriate acoustics in the office environment.

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Prestige’s Twin Towers at Mahalaxmi ©OMA

Keeping in mind the significance of decentralized work, flexible work areas are provided with large areas ranging from 1,300 to 1,700 square meters and 15 meters deep. Floors can be subdivided to accommodate multiple companies and enable a plethora of office layouts and working styles. The open floor plans and urban-rustic themed materiality facilitates enhanced office efficiency. 

The retail mall, which spans over 36,000 square meters, is housed within a five-story podium that seamlessly integrates the arrival lobbies into the office towers. Vehicular circulation is facilitated below the elevated structure. While also paving an entranceway to a fully automated car park, the elevation allows sharing of infrastructure. 

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Atrium inside the Prestige Liberty Towers ©OMA

A grand atrium is situated amidst the retail podium. The atrium opens the mall to the city with its large glazed walls which bring in a generous amount of daylight. The internal structure is adorned with a minimal cool palette of metal panels, back-painted white glass and grey seamless terrazzo insets with brass inlays.

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Prestige Liberty Towers overlooking the Arabian Sea ©OMA

A broad array of amenities and programs are offered throughout all levels of the podium including- an open podium, food court, restaurants, cinemas and a theatre. The entire design functions as an enriching holistic space to host cultural and public events that keep up the hustle and bustle of the building even after the workday. 

The twin towers are united by a garden roof terrace that can be used for coworking, leisure activities, restaurant and shopping areas and a relaxation lounge for building users and locals. 

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About OMA

The Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) is a Dutch partnership firm headquartered in Rotterdam, Netherlands, that focuses on architecture, urbanism and cultural analysis. It is led by ten architectural partners. OMA has an international presence with offices in Rotterdam, New York, Beijing, Dubai and Hong Kong. 

OMA’s designs reflect intelligent forms with the potential for creative, everyday use. Some significant completed projects under their wing include- the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow (2015), Fondazione Prada in Milan (2015), Shenzhen Stock Exchange (2013), and the CCTV Headquarters in Beijing (2012).

About Iyad Alsaka

Born in Syria, Iyad Alsaka graduated from the University of Aleppo with a degree in Architecture. He was the director of design and development at Dubai Holding and was responsible for numerous projects. Iyad joined OMA in 2007 as a director and went on to become a partner in 2011. He currently leads OMA’s ventures in the Middle East and Africa. 

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Iyad Alsaka ©OMA
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Christele Harrouk. “Construction Begins on OMA/ Iyad Alsaka’s Prestige Liberty Towers, a Mixed-Used Complex in Mumbai, India” 21 Sep 2021. ArchDaily. <https://www.archdaily.com/968812/construction-begins-on-oma-iyad-alsakas-prestige-liberty-towers-a-mixed-used-complex-in-mumbai-india>  [Accessed 3 October 2021].

World Architecture Community. 2021. Construction begins on OMA / Iyad Alsaka’s Prestige Liberty Towers in Mumbai, India. [online] Available at: <https://worldarchitecture.org/architecture-news/evnen/construction-begins-on-oma-iyad-alsaka-s-prestige-liberty-towers-in-mumbai-india.html> [Accessed 3 October 2021].

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