Skyscrapers of Mumbai

Mumbai is nothing if not a city of extremes.  While it may be true that Mumbai is among the slum capitals of the world, it is not without its affluent dream worlds.  There malls, luxury real estate, and skyscrapers that have sprung up over the last decade or two rival some of the most extravagant in the U.S.  This economic juggernaut owes its genesis to the same phenomenon that delivered India 56 million new poor over the same stretch of time.  In 1991, India’s economy restructured, favoring neoliberal economic philosophies that relaxed financial regulations and redirected social expenditures away from the general public and toward tax cuts and incentives for the upper class.  This neoliberal shift allowed Mumbai to transform itself into the world city it had always dreamed of becoming.

The Imperial Buildings Photo taken by By mfitch on Flickr
The Imperial Buildings Photo taken by By mfitch on Flickr

 

 

 


The tallest building in Mumbai is actually a set of two towers, called the Imperial Towers.  The Imperial Towers are under construction and topped out, but not fully completed at this time.  Upon completion, they will be the tallest buildings in India.  According to Emporis, an online database of the world’s skyscrapers, the buildings are 689 ft. tall and have 60 floors of luxury apartment space. 

 

Belvedere Court By blackcharliepho on Flickr
Belvedere Court By blackcharliepho on Flickr

 

 

 


Other tall buildings currently standing in Mumbai are the Shreepati Arcade, which is 500 ft. and completed in 2002; the Belvedere Court (right), which was completed in 2000; the Four Seasons Mumbai (below), which was completed in 2006; and the Kalpataru Heights building which was completed in 2000.




Below is a video which shows the twin Imperial Buildings being built in the distance, and then Belvedere Court at the end.
Four Seasons Mumbai By KB335ci2 on Flickr
Four Seasons Mumbai By KB335ci2 on Flickr

 

Amazingly, Mumbai’s five tallest buildings have all been constructed since the year 2000.  This evidence points directly to the Indian government’s economic restructuring after 1991.  What’s even more amazing is the list of planned skyscrapers, which alludes to Mumbai’s emergence as the financial center that it is trying to become.  There are currently 3 buildings under construction in Mumbai that are taller than the Imperial Towers.  The tallest of these three buildings will be over 980 ft. tall.  There are at least two more buildings in Mumbai that are proposed to be over a thousand feet tall, and roughly 65 skyscrapers of at least 30 floors in greater Mumbai that are either under construction, in planning, or awaiting approval to be built.

Below is a table of the tallest buildings in Mumbai, all of which have been built in the last decade

Name Height Year Built
 
The Imperial I & II
 689 ft.  
2009
 
Shreepati Arcade
 
500 ft.
 
2002
 
Belvedere Court
490 ft. 2000
 
Four Seasons Mumbai
 
479 ft.
 
2006
 
Kalpataru Heights
 
472 ft.
 
2000
 
Heritage
 
452 ft.
 
2005
Mumbai from the air.  Photo credit: http://www.knowindia.net/mumbai/mumbai6.jpg
Mumbai from the air. Photo credit: http://www.knowindia.net/mumbai/mumbai6.jpg
Looking west from the air.  Photo credit: http://www.orble.com/images/mumbai1.jpg
Looking west from the air. Photo credit: http://www.orble.com/images/mumbai1.jpg

by Stephen Marotta