Space Matrix was engaged to design a landmark high-rise residential development
that would redefine the Mangalore skyline.
The site itself, as well as campus requirements presented several challenges,
all of which needed to be addressed during the design phase. The campus strictly
adheres to sustainable principles, and one of the requirements was that the structure
must generate some, if not all, of its own power. In addition, several other factors
needed to be considered for their effect on heating and cooling requirements. We
needed to maximise the use of natural light and ventilation, at the same time taking
into account the effects of thermal gain. We also needed to address factors such
as wind velocity, and the effects of shading and reflection on immediate surroundings.
The design draws inspiration from the project logo, the jasmine flower. The petal
represents the unit plans, the flower symbolises the floor plate and the building’s
structural system embodies the Hara (garland). The tower is positioned on the
highest point of the 300-acre campus to enhance the elevation and appearance
of height. The three-winged design maximises the view from all angles providing
unparalleled vistas across the campus. The addition of a free form screen wrapped
around the building provides a practical barrier to high wings without detracting
from the outlook,and making the terrace garden usable in all weather. The building
screen is also used to mount photovoltaic cells that generate solar power for
residents, and thereby supporting the sustainable principles of the campus.
Crystal Tower is where practical building design combines with appealing design to
create a unique and unrivaled structure.