Multinational architecture practice Atkins Design Studio has designed the Namaste Tower for W Hotelin Mumbai, India, which stands for aim to become a landmark structure, representing the burgeoning economic and cultural significance of India.
The inspiration for the design of the tower comes from the traditional Indian greeting of “Namaste”, where the hands are clasped together. In Sanskrit “Namaste” means “I bow to you.” It has a spiritual significance of negating one’s ego in the presence of another.
The two wings of the hotel are clasped together like hands greeting the city of Mumbai. This is meant to be the ultimate symbol of hospitality and welcome. The buildings exterior features intricate Mehndi patterns through the treatment of the skin.
The 62-story building, that is currently under construction and will be opening in July 1 of 2015, will include a hotel, office and retail space.