CLIENT Earnest Tower Pvt Ltd.
ARCHITECT Kohn Pedersen Fox
YEAR 2008 – 2013


The First International Financial Center (FIFC) is a 15-story office building located on the main road of Mumbai’s BKC district. Our lighting approach focused on meeting LEED Gold-certified building standards, while enhancing the materiality and grace of the architectural details and massing. The lighting design for the building exterior highlights the “floating tube” that projects from the west facade, the lattice on the east facade, and the “bookend fins” projecting on the north and south facades. Several lighting mockups were created to confirm that the unique materiality of the building, inspired by its local context, was adequately highlighted.

One Indiabulls Centre is a dramatic complex currently comprising of two towers, strategically located in Mumbai’s emerging Central Business District of Lower Parel. The two towers complement each other with a stark contrast in form and spatial planning. The first tower has a floor plate of 2,500 square meters and is a distinct with an 11-degree tilt. The second tower consists of two wings of approximately 1,800 square meters, with each wing merging on the top four floors (floors 16–20) with a span of 35 meters. The project has turned the historic textile mill area of Mumbai into the new business district of the city.

The intent of the lighting solution was to create a well-designed, clean-looking space that augmented the architectural expression of the architects and that met the requirements of the client. The lighting design solution aspired to highlight the materiality in the space chosen carefully by the architect, while providing visual clarity for the building at large and the spaces created within. Since this project included two towers, it was important for the lighting to provide visual continuity and provide wayfinding by highlighting paths of circulation and clear visual cues through the public lobbies. We provided the interior lighting solutions for entrance lobbies, lift lobbies, all circulation areas, and all landscape on the 10-acre site. Exterior lighting was designed to accentuate the two 100-meter towers, encompassing nearly 2 million square feet of office space. We were also able to utilize the architectural glass volumes and refuge terraces to create lit volumes that provide a graceful lighting personality for the building at night.

At the concept development for this project, a custom and bespoke lighting system were developed for Indiabulls such that a unified solution could be developed for both towers. It was also important to develop the lighting elements could form a “kit of parts” to be repeated at other Indiabulls projects. The final design incorporated many custom details that were developed through a continuing process of close communication and collaboration with the architect.