CLIENT Indiabulls
ARCHITECT Hafeez Contractor
YEAR 2008 – 2012
VISUALS Indiabulls, AWA


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 stark contrast in form and spatial planning. The first tower has a floor plate of 2,500 sq. m. and is distinct with an 11-degree tilt. The second tower consists of two wings of approximately 1,800 sq. m. each that merge on the top three floors (17–20) with a span of 35 m. 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, while also providing way-finding through the site 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 two 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 was developed for India Bulls — such that a unified solution could be developed for both towers. It was also important to develop the lighting solutions such that parts of the lighting “kit of parts” could be repeated at the other India Bulls projects. The final design incorporated many custom details that were developed through a continuing process of close communication and collaboration with the architect.