Kesar Solitaire is 96.5 m edifice, standing on Palm Beach Road. It is Navi Mumbai’s most vibrant road dotted with buildings that enjoy a breathtaking view of the lush green mangrove cover and the creek beyond. For this picturesque view, property prices along this road are the highest in the city.
Positioned as the main artery of Navi Mumbai, Palm Beach road is the long stretch of highway that connects Vashi to CBD Belapur, the Central Business District.
The plot was purchased through a government tender; thereby it could be developed either for a residential-cum-commercial purpose or for purely commercial purposes.
Though residential property was an easy sell, with high returns; after deliberations with our clients it was decided that we would work on a plan for a solely commercial building. The reasons were several.
To start off the idea was to do something ‘different’ and more so something that would make a ‘difference’ to Palm Beach Road and to the city. It was clear from the onset that the building had to be iconic. It was envisaged that the built form would attract multinational clientele and people who wanted to own these office premises would be willing to pay the price.
Today, skyscrapers are an increasingly common sight where land is expensive, as in the centers of big cities, because they provide such a high ratio of rentable floor space per unit area of land. They are built not just for economy of space; skyscrapers are considered symbols of a city's economic power. Not only do they define the skyline, they help to define the city's identity and value. Navi Mumbai is no different, Kesar Solitaire is one of the most prominent landmarks that helps create that value.
To describe it, simply put, Kesar Solitaire is clean-cut, neat, straight line building. Hidden behind this essentially simple aesthetics, is a series of meticulously integrated structural and spatial design; giving a tectonic edge to the end-user.
The typical floor-plate spans 28 floors of column-free office space which is the essential requirement in most large offices. The floor plate gives flexibility to accommodate small and large offices both. The RCC frame structure is constructed utilizing M70 grade of self compacting concrete to provide the necessary column-free space. The structural system follows a repetitive grid with sleeves left for easy integration of other ancillary systems like Air-conditioning, fire-fighting and electrical directly connected to the service areas.
The entire frontage enjoys the sea view while the service areas are integrated towards the rear side. Glass exterior that provides the visual relief from each office also serves to act as a thermal insulation against the heat as it is composed of double glazing units of Low –E coated Glass on the outside and a clear glass on the inside with an air gap in between. This doubly ensures ample light to the entire office while stopping the harsh heat from the sun.
A set of 6- state-of-the-art Mikonic-10 elevators that intelligently divide users are easily accessed through a spacious double-height lobby. On each floor there are well-ventilated ample service areas to accommodate AHU’s, electrical requirements as well as the now essential alternate energy sources and garbage chutes. There are common break-out spaces that serve as break zones overlooking the rear landscape area.
Ample parking spread over the 3 basements, plus a 4-storey structure to house the present and future parking needs (425 car parks) of the users has been built.
A grand double height entrance lobby has a seating lounge created to meet visitors creating a hospitable, elegant reception. A soothing waterfall doubles up as a soothing backdrop adding a Zen like feel to the lobby. External landscape has stepped lawn greens and a water element which complements the simple, straight-line architecture of the building.
Solitaire has been conceptualized and designed as a modern skyscraper complete with functional and aesthetic edge. It stands out as a visual land mark in terms of its size and in terms of its technological edge. It is an example of what can be achieved by integrating intelligent design and engineering within a limited paradigm.
‘’What is the chief characteristic of the tall office building? It is lofty. It must be tall. The force and power of altitude must be in it, the glory and pride of exaltation must be in it. It must be every inch a proud and soaring thing, rising in sheer exaltation that from bottom to top it is a unit without a single dissenting line.’’—Louis Sullivan's The Tall Office Building Artistically Considered (1896)