If one architect has his way, Mumbai is about to get a whole lot cooler – in every sense of the word. The Aquaria Grande project aims to build skyscrapers that have pools instead of regular balconies.
The Daily Mail
has photos of the intended project and, one must admit, it does look more awesome than anything we've seen in a while.
Of course, the idea has not failed to generate mixed reactions, with some even describing the plans for the luxury building as an “architectural nightmare.”
“Known as Aquaria Grande, the 37-storey skyscrapers were the result of a collaboration between Hong Kong-based architect James Law and Indian real estate company Wadhwa Group,” the British publication reports.
“The complex would have 200 apartments, three levels of car parking, a gym and sauna,” adds the same report.
Because a pool for each luxury apartment is never enough, each complex would also have a bigger pool that residents could use, together with plenty of green space on the roof (ideal for walks or even golf), as photos made available indicate.
The Mail also sums up reactions to the idea, with some verging on extremes.
Technology blogger Jesus Diaz, for one, believes the project is an “architectural nightmare” and a
“deadly accident waiting to happen,” mostly because of the original idea of replacing balconies with individual small swimming pools.
“No matter what you want to call this, I would call it crazy,” Diaz says, as cited by the Mail.
Another blogger writes that the project is an “unbelievable skyscraping residential complex,” whose “most outstanding and eye-popping features” include the pools, says the same media outlet.
Of course, an apartment in the complex would not sell for peanuts, but chances are the rich in Mumbai won't even consider money when talking about relocating here, considering the originality of the idea.
For the time being though, these are all the details available – but either way, we may assume one such apartment will probably end up costing an arm and a leg.