Situated on Dr B R Ambedkar Veedhi, the Visvesvaraya Tower is one of Bangalore’s tall buildings. It has 21 floors and measures 85 metres in height. It was built between 1974 and 1980. Designed by the famous architect Charles Correa, the tower is like a bunch of alien periscopes protruding from the earth’s crust and standing tall. It is almost as if we have somebody watching us from the earth’s core! (I don’t mean this in a bad way) The building’s surface has the raw concrete finish and has the markings from the concrete castings. All in all, this is one of Bangalore’s most unique buildings.
This building houses government offices. Apparently, you get a beautiful view of the city from the top-most floor of this building. But since the proceedings of commissions of enquiries are conducted on this floor, you can only enter here if you are a witness, an accused, police personnel on duty, a lawyer representing the plaintiff or defendant or a journalist covering the proceedings!
Now, isn’t that a pity! If I were the government, I would have made sure of making good revenue in some way from the view. Either open it to the public through a separate entrance and charge for the view or lease it to a private restaurant and charge them heavily for the use of space. I am sure the restaurant would be a hit!
A view through the trees