There are buildings and there are buildings. So many modern highrises are just boring glass rectangles, with architectures firms throwing in a pool and balconies and calling their design a “luxury building”.
That can’t be said of the Aquaria Grande residential towers currently being built in Mumbai, India. A collaboration between the Wadhwa Group and Edison Award winning designer, James Law, the Aquaria Grande is a green building that takes modern design to new heights. In addition to being equipped with energy saving glass, every unit in the two 37-story, 3-lobed towers will have windows that open on three sides to allow for cross ventilation, an eco friendly design feature that has been lost in much modern architecture. Each tower also features high-speed elevators, 12-foot ceilings in the units, parking, and a podium garden.
None of those things, however, is what makes the Aquaria Grande such a fabulous example of modern architecture.
The most brilliant modern design element about the Aquaria Grande, the one that will have people (like me!) talking is this: EVERY unit will have a SWIMMING POOL built into its BALCONY!!!
How cool is that? No more will balconies be a place most used for storing bikes and dead potted plants. These balconies with swimming pools built in, or swimming pool balconies if you will, feature a curving glass wall and forever change both the face of modern balconies, and what it takes to call a green building a luxury building. The pool balconies are not just a “pool in the sky” dream either. The Aquaria Grande is under construction in Mumbai as we speak.
I have made in inquiry to the Wadhwa Group about whether or not they plan to incorporate solar panels into the curving canopies that top each tower as part of the buildings’ green design. No word yet, but I hope so!