Washington House at Altamount Road. Image courtesy: BCCL
Lodha Group has finally completed the acquisition of Washington House, the residential property that belonged to the US Consulate, on Mumbai's Altamount Road.
The Grade III listed three-storey building, which sits on a 2702 sqm property, will be converted into a 30-floor super luxury residential tower. Talking about the new project, Abhinandan Lodha, deputy managing director at Lodha Group, says, "The tower at Washington House with its iconic presence will have a significant positive impact on the South Mumbai skyline, and at the same time be extremely distinctive and modern."
This will be the third Lodha project associated with a big international name. In 2010, Lodha Group announced the World One project, designed by the New York-based Pei Cobb Freed & Partners and furnished by Armani Casa; Lodha's Evoq at New Cuff Parade will be done by Philippe Starck for Yoo. This latest project will be designed by the German architect, Hadi Teherani. The Iran-born designer has worked with brands like Montblanc, whom he designed cufflinks, and luxury kitchen brand Poggenpohl, as well as the Zayed University in Abu Dhabi and, according to one report, he can see himself designing even a smart phone.
It is this very versatility that is appreciated by the Lodha Group. Lodha, says, "The starchitect Hadi Teherani is a versatile professional with a very exceptional approach to design and a wide range of global experience… He brings in a very distinctive sensitivity to the location and purpose of the buildings, which integrate into the design to create unique architectural landmarks that go on to become defining icons in the cityscapes of the location. Our aim was to create a landmark tower that will… at the same time be an iconic address offering the very best of comfort, privacy and leisure for its residents."
We're preparing for a high design residential tower, then.
Lodha's Altamount Road Project
An artist's impression of the new Lodha project at Altamount Road
The new building - described in a Lodha release as a 'bold black tinted glass tower', will come up on Mumbai's 'Billionaire Mile'; Mukesh Ambani's Antilla and Kumarmangalam Birla's palatial mansion are also located here. Apartments will be as big as 3,000sqft -4,000 sqft - with three, four and five bedrooms - and thanks to the dark tinted glass used, will be able to limit heat gain.
With one flat per floor, each will come with a private pool, an elevator lobbies for each apartment and 5-level advanced security.
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