ARCHITECTArchitect Hafeez Contractor
VISUALSIndiabulls, AWA


One IBC (Indiabulls Centre) is a dramatic complex currently comprising of two towers, located strategically in Mumbai’s emerging Central Business District of Lower Parel. The 2 towers while complementing each other are a stark contrast in form and spatial planning. The first tower has a floor plate of 2500 sqm and is distinct by the 11 degree tilt. The second tower consists of 2 wings of approx 1800 sq m each to merge on the top 3 floors (17-20) with a span of 35 m. The floor plate of each of these combined floors is approx 5000 sqm. While one tower is embellished with glazing and aluminum cladding the other is with glazing and limestone cladding. The 2 towers are serviced by 34 elevators including 6 scenic elevators. The project is a sustainable development and has received pre-certification for LEED – GOLD rating.

The project has turned the erstwhile textile mill area of Mumbai into the new business district of the city. The towers house offices of Morgan Stanley, Bloomberg, British Council, Tata Motors and a host of other multinational and Indian corporate/financial firms. The complex will be complete when 2 residential towers of 65 storeys, also being done by AHC, will finish construction.

AWA Lighting Designers were retained by the architects, AHC and the client to provide a distinct and elegant visual experience with the lighting solution for the two towers. In working in close harmony with AHC, AWA was able to realize true project collaboration that is deeply rooted in the local ecosphere. The two firm’s insight into the local need transcended typical projects to result in a project that is both fully modern and sustainable.

The intent of the lighting solution was to create a well designed and clean looking space that augmented the architectural expression of AHC, and the requirements of the client. The lighting design solution aspired to highlight the materiality in the space chosen carefully by AHC- 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. AWA provided 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. AWA was 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 bespoken lighting system was developed for Indiabulls- 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 over the 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, Anupam De of AHC. Technologically advanced control systems with photo-sensors and motion-detectors were implemented to assure no light was wasted, and only energy-efficient lamps were used for this project, including frequent use of Metal Halide Lamps, CFLs and LED’s. It is also important to note that NO halogen/ incandescent lights were used in any of the spaces designed by AWA. The lighting solution for the lobbies and public circulation areas only consumes 0.78watts/ SFT of electricity-which is above and beyond what is required by LEED.

AWA developed a proprietary lighting response that provides for alive and appealing lit spaces, which meet and exceed all international norms of energy conservation and design efficiencies.