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RMJM to break Indian height records

RMJM has revealed the first image of its new World Bengal Tower proposals in Kolkata (Calcutta), India.

While its exact height remains unclear, sources at RMJM insist the skyscraper will become the city's highest building and has been touted as a 'new dynamic addition to the state's skyline'.

Having already secured housing and science park projects, the Biswa Banga Sikhar 150,000m 2scheme is now the practice's third in India.

This latest mixed-use development, for Unitech, includes a five-star hotel, executive club and serviced apartments, as well as retail and office accommodation.

Describing the scheme, a spokesman said: 'The tower itself is formed from two glass shards that rise from a massive reflective water pool at its base.

'One of these shards is crowned by a three-storey high atrium that acts as both viewing tower and a beacon in the surrounding night sky.

He added: 'The tower is separate from its auxiliary support accommodation, that is contained within the sculptural podium building and rises from the landscape as a series of layered contours.'

See pages 18-19 of this week's AJ for a detailed assessment of the increasing opportunities for British architects on the sub-continent.

by Richard Waite

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