Indian builder targets NRIs at Cityscape Global in Dubai

Godrej Origins, being developed in Mumbai, was formerly a soap factory, and will feature residential units and a Taj-branded hotel

Godrej Origins is a Mumbai project that is targeted at NRIs in the UAE.
Godrej Origins is a Mumbai project that is targeted at NRIs in the UAE.

An Indian developer is targeting the UAE's non-resident Indians (NRIs) at Cityscape Global 2017. 

Mumbai-headquartered Godrej Properties, and Japanese architecture and design firm, Nikken Sekkei, are presenting their Godrej Origins at The Trees project at the show. 

The Mumbai project was formerly a soap factory, and has been transformed into a community aimed at upper-middle class NRIs. 

IGBC Platinum rating – the highest ranking in a list of local LEED adaptations – has been awarded to the project by the Indian Green Building Council. 

Due for completion in Q2 2021, the development is expected to tap into the 2.6 million-strong Indian expatriate community in the UAE, which is said to have invested $1.69bn (AED6.2bn) in Indian real estate during the first nine months of 2016. 

Commenting on Godrej Origins, Anubhav Gupta, chief design officer at the development firm, said: "We have witnessed an overwhelming response to this development from end-users and investors alike, with the majority of the inventory that we have released [being] sold out within a few days of the launch.

"This vibrant mixed use development is also home to our head office building, Godrej One, and our upcoming luxury Taj-branded hotel."

Floor-to-ceiling glazing has been designed for the apartments to offer unobstructed views.

Interior columns are limited to the periphery of each apartment. 

Flat slab construction techniques were used for the project to help avoid beam drops and reduce the number of interior columns. 

Commenting on Nikken Sekkei's role in the development, Fadi Jabri, executive officer and principal for the firm's MENA, CIS, and Indian operation, expressed confidence in the IGBC rating. 

He added: "From our design and engineering approach in the planning stages, down to the specifics of each individual apartment, we have carried this ethos throughout the entire project.

"The IGBC Platinum rating is an endorsement of our sustainable approach to design.

"India’s architectural landscape has changed dramatically over recent years, with a return to traditional methods of construction that integrate nature with living spaces, creating environments that promote the health and wellness of occupants and the surrounding ecosystem." 

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