Now, Indian building in Surat becomes world’s largest office, surpasses US’s Pentagon

In another milestone for India, a building in Gujarat’s Surat get the title of the world’s largest office building, surpassing Pentagon’s 80-year-old record. The building will house a diamond trading centre, according to a CNN report. Surat is known as the gem capital of the world where 90% of the world’s diamonds are cut. This […]

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In another milestone for India, a building in Gujarat’s Surat get the title of the world’s largest office building, surpassing Pentagon’s 80-year-old record. The building will house a diamond trading centre, according to a CNN report. Surat is known as the gem capital of the world where 90% of the world’s diamonds are cut. This sprawling complex will be a ‘one-stop destination’ for more than 65,000 diamond professionals, including cutters, polishers and traders, said the report.

Details of Surat Diamond Bourse

The Surat Diamond Bourse, which is a 15-storey building, is spread across 35 acres of land and has nine rectangular structures. Interestingly, they all are interconnected via a central spine.

Specifically, it comprises more than 7.1 million square feet of space, said the company that built the complex. This has been beautifully designed by Indian architecture firm Morphogenesis following an international design competition.

Let’s have a tour of the building:

This building will be officially inaugurated by none other than Prime Minister Narendra Modi in this year’s November. It took four years to complete its construction.

Apart from the business centre, the building also has a recreational zone and parking area spread across 20 lakh square feet, according to the SDB website.

Also, it is a not to profit organisation promoted by SDB Diamond Bourse, which is a company registered under section 8 of the Companies Act, 2013 and formed for the establishment and promotion of Diamond Bourse in Surat, Gujarat.

Here’s what the project’s CEO Gadhavi said:

In an interview with CNN, project’s CEO Mahesh Gadhavi said that the newly-constructed building complex will save thousands of people from travelling – sometimes daily – to Mumbai by train to do business.

“Surpassing the Pentagon was not part of the competition brief. Rather, the project’s size was dictated by demand,” Gadhavi said.

Further, he added that all the offices were purchased by diamond companies before the construction.