Inspired by a printed circuit board and Mandala symbolism, Skill City, a new satellite city outside Bangalore, is the vision of Bollywood movie legend Sanjay Khan. The Master Plan and design for this 49 million SF Special Economic Zone (SEZ) encompasses a new technology campus, a 70-story office tower, golf course, residential community and a five million SF grass-roofed mall for shopping, exhibition and entertainment. The office tower takes the form of intertwined ficus and banyan trees that are symbols of good luck in Hindu culture. The campus includes its own electricity generating plant and will provide all necessary power locally.
With a population of over six million, Bangalore is the third most populous city in India. It is the center of India’s booming information technology industry. Sanjay Khan commissioned the design of a new city on a 700-acre site near Bangalore. A major component of the complex is an entertainment and commercial complex. It features an outdoor amphitheater on the edge of an artificial lake. An oversized movie screen is mounted on an island in the lake. There are also five indoor theaters and a retail shopping mall.
The profile of the technology buildings resembles that of a printed circuit board. They are located at the entrance to the city and are clustered around the twisting office tower.