In less than two years Mysuru’s skyline will eclipsed by a grand and brand new tower which when ready, will be tallest clock tower in the world as envisioned by Infosys’ co-founder and first CEO NR Narayana Murthy.
The proposed 135 meter-tall tower will stand approximately 19 floors and will also house a boardroom on the 7th level. Murthy’s clock tower will dwarf London’s famous Big Ben (96 meters), which is the currently the tallest clock tower in the world, by at least a third of the its height.
The Infosys’ Mysuru campus which is considered a mini city in itself is spread over 350 acres, with 12 million sq ft built-up area and the capacity to host more than 15,000 trainees (residing on campus), 8,000 plus employees and several thousand contract workers. It is also the IT major’s largest development centre cum training campus in the world.
“A clock tower brings a sense of academic breathing to the campus, and I felt we too will need one. And Vishal (Sikka) felt it is a good idea,” a report in The Economic Times said quoting Murthy. Sikka is the chief executive officer of Infosys.
An Infosys spokesperson added, “Towers are a common site in many campuses and they get a sense of academic breathing to the campus. To instill a similar feeling, we are constructing this classical clock tower with a digital time piece in our Mysuru campus. It will be built in a gothic style to match the classical look of the other buildings in the campus. The tower will also aim at combining tradition and modern technology. With large digital screens on all four sides, it will also be used to display messages on important occasions.” The project is estimated to cost Rs 60 crore.
The tower is designed by one of India’s most famous architects Hafeez Contractor, who also designed Infosys’ Mysuru campus with structural engineering consultancy provided by New York-based firm LERA and built by Bengaluru-based KEF Infra.