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Surat Diamond Bourse 2015

It is indeed such a proud moment for our city to have the ‘World’s Largest Office Building’ - the Surat Diamond Bourse, replacing the decades of legacy held by the Pentagon, USA. The project was won by the architects through an international design competition held in 2016, where EssTeam featured as one of the top 5 finalists, and it was a very happy moment for our team. However, missing out by a whisker had it’s own share of disappointment too. What is little known is that a year earlier, a competition for Surat Diamond Bourse was organised inviting 5 architectural design firms from Surat.

This competition was a great experience for the team at EssTeam to exhibit tremendous hardwork and synergy; however, unfortunately, the competition was scrapped after the entries were presented. We are grateful to the diamond industry and the committee of SDB to have given us an opportunity to work on the designs twice in two years. Here we would like to share our proposal for the first competition.

We find lots of similarities in this organisational aspects of the design proposal with the one which has been built now and we are happy to see this remarkable co-incidence!


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