05 July 2020

Interaction- Gita Ramanan, CEO & Co-Founder, DESIGN CAFE

Design Cafe’s home interior solutions integrate smart home features to create tech enabled homes


Design Café offers concept-to-completion interior solutions, specialising in creating, manufacturing and delivering designer home interiors. In an exclusive interview to CONSTRUCTION OPPORTUNITIES, GITA RAMANAN, CEO & CO – FOUNDER, DESIGN CAFÉ speaks about the smart building systems featured in their projects and the future trends in tall building space in India.









Your opinion on the rising population of tall buildings in India. What factors are fuelling the rise of tall buildings population in India.


In the top 10 cities of India like Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, NCR (Gurgaon, Noida), etc., viable ground space is a constraint in the city. Cities have expanded exponentially and vertical growth is the only way to increase living spaces while remaining in the same area. The exponential migratory population growth that is moving to these urban areas is contributing to tall buildings becoming the new norm.


Mumbai right now has the second largest number of under construction skyscrapers in the world, after Shenzhen. Yet, these are primarily residential in nature. All our urban cities are facing a shortfall of commercial spaces to lease, and this appetite is fueled by India’s growing economy and captive English-speaking young population. There is a proportional demand for commercial spaces in each city, which in turn fuels the residential demand, which then in turn fuels the demand for ancillary services such as hospitality, retail, institutional and healthcare.



In terms of geography which regions will see major rise in tall building population.


Mumbai right now has the second largest number of under construction skyscrapers in the world, after Shenzhen. Mumbai, and the larger MMRDA region will see a huge uptick in the tall building population. The lack of captive space for growth in Delhi led to the growth of Noida and Gurgaon, which is extending to Faridabad and Ghaziabad in recent years. The NCR area will continue to see rapid growth in the tall building population.


Other cities are also catching up rapidly. Similar trends are being seen in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Surat, Ahmedabad, etc. Tall buildings are majorly found in metropolitan cities at the moment, which is catching up and being mirrored in Tier I cities but not as much in Tier II cities at the moment. A case study on Pune city’s housing needs, demands, market, and type of structures being built by Rupali Kavilkar and Shweta Patil in 2014 revealed that high rise structures are not preferred due to user perception of insecurity in case of fire and high cost of the building.