Rajabai Clock Tower and Mumbai University Library Building

Client: University of Mumbai

Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra

Status: Completed 2015

Area: 25800 sqft

Services: Preservation, Restoration, Retrofitting and Upgradation

Rajabai Clock Tower and Mumbai University Library building was a preservation and restoration project of a Grade I heritage building at Fort Precinct in South Mumbai. The Restoration of the once tallest structure in Mumbai, a gothic-style 85m tall Rajabai Tower and the adjacent library was a challenging project from all aspects ranging from structurally, logistically and architecturally. The condition mapping of the building revealed the tower being built with four different stones Malad, grey-green Basalt, Porbandar and red Dharangadhara, minton tile flooring, Burma teak and rosewood structures, intricately carved balconies and 24 statues representing the different castes of India.

A restoration requires research and understanding of the structure's past and sensitive interventions to restore and upgrade using innovative solutions to resurrect the building and its beauty while making it function efficiently for today. The Rajabai Tower represent this philosophy and stands tall and proud post-restoration on the cityscape, as a timeless architectural representation of the history of the city of Mumbai.