27 February 2020

Interaction- Mahesh Khaitan, Salarpuria Sattva

The rise of supertall buildings are inevitable



Salarpuria Sattva Group was founded with the sole aim of developing the best of constructions. Striving on this, the group has today become a leader in Property Development, Management and Consulting organisation. MAHESH KHAITAN, DIRECTOR, SALARPURIA SATTVA in an exclusive interaction with CONSTRUCTION OPPORTUNTIES shares about his take on Supertall buildings, the combination of smart technology and tall structures and the company’s latest projects.




You are a confluence of Designing, Planning, and Developing, which gives you a unique perspective. Please share it with us.


Over the years, the rise of tall buildings has gradually increased, with this growing trend developers need to focus on their design and architecture. One prominent aspect of design developers should look into is height. Taller the building, the simpler it needs to be in terms of aesthetics and such buildings also offer the option of decluttering in congested urban areas. That being said, cost remains a huge challenge with regard to tall buildings as it is a lot more expensive to construct skyscrapers due to the raw materials that need to be used. Other aspects such as safety and environmental requirements also make these projects cost heavy. Another aspect to be considered while constructing a skyscraper is the geographical location of a building.




What is your take on Supertall buildings? Are they mere icons of 21st Century architecture or do they also have utilitarian value in terms of containing the urban surge.


The rise of supertall buildings are inevitable. There is a general preconceived notion that a supertall building is equivalent to top-notch architecture and luxury living. However, one must realize that such buildings, along with being iconic, must also serve as an utility asset.



The availability of land and its value is decreasing in cities, which is one of the major reasons for the increase in visibility of supertall buildings.


The investment put into such construction must be efficient and must draw buyers for the right reasons, as otherwise, the building might lose out on value and will remain unsold. Intricate planning is a must, in such buildings.



How soon will India enter the age of Supertall buildings.


As I said earlier, the aspirations of a home-buyer in India are different. They are still comfortable with independent homes, apartments closer to amenities and workplace. It will take a few more years for home buyers to consider exploring supertall buildings. The awareness level is weak especially because we don’t have adequate supertall building projects across the country with Mumbai being the only exception. It cannot be a race to the sky in constructing supertall buildings. We need to assess the demand situation – project feasibility and viability. We need expert and human resources, who have the relevant experience in managing supertall buildings. The preparation has begun, but the age of supertall buildings in India is a few more years away.




Leveraging Smart Technology for Supertall Buildings.


Smart technology and supertall buildings are inseparable. Smart technology needs to be incorporated from the design stage itself – construction technology, HVAC for the building, high speed elevators, water pumping system, energy efficiency, green energy initiatives, fire and safety will be covered as part of smart technology. It means the cost of the project will increase. There is no point in constructing a supertall building if smart technology is not incorporated in every aspect. That’s why I am reiterating that the Indian real estate sector needs to take a wholistic view of supertall buildings and consider the feasibility in the first place. We have to make tall buildings technology oriented in every aspect of maintenance, safety and management.





Your assessment of India’s ‘Smart City Mission.’ Will it answer infrastructure challenges thrown up by rapid and rampant unplanned growth of its urban centers?


Of course, Smart City Mission is the way forward for nations like us with a young population where infrastructure and housing needs are way behind demand. The Indian economy is at an inflection point and this is the right time for a paradigm shift in the construction sector, especially in providing basic infrastructure. We are happy that the government saw the vision for a Smart City. The initiative is a great idea and we hope that the stakeholders concerned implement it in the right spirit. Any initiative for that matter will have some roadblocks in the beginning, especially when we are in a federal set up. But we expect the Smart City Mission to address the infrastructure woes faced by many growing cities in the long-term. There is no doubt that urban centres have grown rapidly without any adequate planning and that will be the practice for a few more years in this country, until states have uniform laws on urban expansion. What we need within the Smart City Mission is to ensure that we overcome these challenges and ensure that we achieve the goal.




Tell us about iconic tall buildings constructed by your company. What is so iconic about them.


One of our landmark properties at Hyderabad, Knowledge Park is the tallest building in our portfolio. Over 5 million sq. ft. area for commercial office spaces, it is simple and elegant. It is replete with the latest amenities, sports activities, parking facilities and food courts, and smart intelligence technologies.


The unique feature of this state-of-the art office space is the curved building architecture that makes it different to others. Another iconic tall building in our portfolio is Image Tower with Telangana Government, (Innovation in animation, Multimedia, Gaming, and Entertainment) in Hyderabad. Both buildings will be ready by 2020.



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